The Milwaukee Bucks have signed guard Jared Cunningham to a 10-day contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship exception, General Manager John Hammond announced today.
Cunningham, 24, most recently played for the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League, where he appeared in three games (all starts) and averaged 17.3 points, 4.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 32.0 minutes per game. He began the season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he appeared in 40 games (three starts) and averaged 2.6 points in 8.9 minutes per game before being traded to, and waived by, Orlando on Feb. 18.
The Oregon State product was originally selected by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft with the 24th overall pick. He has played in 80 total NBA games with Dallas, Atlanta, Sacramento, the L.A. Clippers and Cleveland.
The NBA’s hardship exception is a temporary roster spot that allows teams to exceed the 15-man maximum roster. A hardship can be deemed to exist when a team has four players who are sick or injured and have missed at least three consecutive games, and will continue to be unable to play as determined through an independent physician.