Pelicans, Timberwolves pursuing Cunningham

Dante Cunningham has suddenly become a highly sought free agent.

In a quest to replace the injured Solomon Hill, the New Orleans Pelicans are attempting to re-sign free agent forward Dante Cunningham, according to a report from ESPN.

However, the Pelicans are receiving stiff competition from the Minnesota Timberwolves, ESPN added.

Cunningham, 30, is 6-foot-8 and averaged 6.6 points in 66 games with the Pelicans last season. He became a free agent at the end of the season.

Hill injured his hamstring working out in Los Angeles and is expected to miss six to eight months following last week’s surgery.

Quincy Pondexter and Darius Miller are the other small forwards on the Pelicans roster.

Coach Alvin Gentry told the team’s website the Pelicans are on the lookout for a replacement for Hill.

“I think we’ve got some players who can fill in, but we’ve really got to go out and find another guy of that size with a little bit of versatility, that can play some (power forward) or maybe even some (shooting guard) for us, depending on who we try to get,” Gentry said. “Right now we’ve got to decide if we’re going to add a guy and how we can do that.”

The Timberwolves have already added veterans such as Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford this offseason.