Jared Cunningham (born May 22, 1991 in Oakland, California) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a 2012 draft night trade along with draft rights to Jae Crowder and Bernard James, from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kelenna Azubuike and the draft rights to the Mavs' first round pick Tyler Zeller.
After playing his high school ball in San Leandro, California, Cunningham elected to attend Oregon State where he made an immediate impact as a freshman averaging 6.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 19.1 minutes.
In his sophomore campaign, the 6'4 guard started 29 games for the Cougars averaging 14.2 points which was ninth in the PAC-12. He was named All-PAC-10 second team and to the All PAC-12 Defensive team while finishing fifth in the nation in steals with 2.8. He capped the season being named to the All PAC-12 Tournament Team after averaging 23.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals in two games.
As a junior, Cunningham started all 36 games and averaged 17.9 points, the second highest scoring average that year in the PAC-12. He was selected to the All PAC-12 First Team and All-Defensive team. He decided to forego his senior year and declare for the NBA draft concluding his Washington State career 13th all-time in scoring, second in steals, third in free-throws made and fifth in free-throws attempted.
Cleveland selected Cunningham with the 24th overall selection in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft but before the night was over he was a Dallas Maverick.
He was a member of the Mavs' 2012 NBA Summer League Team but sat out all five games due to an injury.
Cunningham split his time in 2012-2013 between the Mavericks and the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. With Dallas he saw action in only eight games 2.0 points in just over three minutes.
His tenure in Dallas ended on June 27, 2013 when he was packaged with the 16th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft (obtained from Boston), along with the Mavs' second round pick and sent to the Atlanta Hawks for the 18th pick in the first round of the NBA Draft which turned out to be Shane Larkin from the University of Miami.
Moving from Atlanta to Sacramento and then the Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland, Cunningham gained the dubious distinction of joining his sixth franchise in five seasons when he was included, as part of a three-team deal, in a trade that sent him rom the Cavs to Orlando on February 18, 2016.