Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham (Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports)

The Brooklyn Nets have acquired Dante Cunningham from the New Orleans Pelicans for guard Rashad Vaughn according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.

Following reports that the 33-year-old forward wanted to be moved to another situation, the Pelicans were able to accommodate Cunningham and send him to Brooklyn.

Cunningham did not get ample playing time for head coach Alvin Gentry, but with the Nets his veteran presence could prove to be a positive influence for a roster as young as the Nets have.

In 21 minutes per game this season, Cunningham averaged five points, 3.8 rebounds, and shot 32 percent from three-point range.

Vaughn’s future with New Orleans, who previously played for the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season, remains to be seen. He was traded to Brooklyn on Monday as a part of the deal that sent Tyler Zeller to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 21-year-old appeared in only one game for the Nets. Vaughn was drafted 17th overall in 2015 by the Bucks. The Nevada product averaged 2.7 points and 8 minutes in 22 games for the Bucks.

The Pelicans could benefit from the extra help at the guard position, which could mean more playing time for Vaughn. For his career, Vaughn has averaged 12 minutes per game.

 

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