Cane Royal traded
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Cane Royal traded

Rick Marco
Associate Sports Editor, Huntington Courier

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Royal seeking a fresh start in new locale.
Timberwolves Forward Cane Royal was traded today to Dallas, bringing to an end a tumultuous 3 years with the Minnesota franchise.

Minnesota will receive Phillip Barton, Jorge Joa, and Dejounte Murray, as well as a 2036 second round draft pick as part of the package.

Royal's time as a Wolf has been marred by controversy: in 2031 he was charged with a DUI (and was later acquitted). He was later involved in an altercation in his first summer league game with fellow Wolves rookie Jef Cartwright and during his first pre-season camp allegedly punched veteran center D'Lane Hook.

The Timberwolves suspended Royal a total of seven times in his three season tenure with the team for conduct-related reasons, while fans and writers urged patience with the Syracuse prodigy.

Royal's points per game rose steadily from 18.9 his rookie year, to 22.6 his sophomore year, and last year he averaged 25.1 for a Minnesota team thirty games off .500. His rebounding (13.1 last season) placed first in the NBA. He has been described by various legends and commentators as a cross between Lebron James, Moses Malone, and Ray Allen.

It seems as though the breaking point came a week ago, when Royal was accused of hitting his long-time girlfriend, singer Carmel De La Cruz, who cancelled two scheduled concerts set for next week.

For its part, Dallas GM Tony Bauer was delighted with the trade.

"We got our man, we feel we massively upgraded our three, four spot, and we think Cane is going to be the guy to get us back to the playoffs," Bauer said today.

Dallas won 28 games last season and missed the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference.
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