NBA Roundtable

GSW Acquire Dorell Wright

In Free Agency on July 11, 2010 at 6:16 am

ESPN reports

The swingman who spent his first six seasons in Miami agreed in principle to a three-year deal Saturday with the Golden State Warriors, returning to his native California.

Sources told ESPN.com that Wright’s deal is expected to be in excess of $10 million.

Golden State is not planning to match an offer sheet New Jersey has committed to extending to Warriors restricted free agent Anthony Morrow.

Update: The deal is worth $11.5 million over three years

FYI: Agent Bob Myers confirms Dorell Wright-GState have “reached an agreement in principle” on 3 years, $11.5 mill. Well-reported Saturday.

Thoughts

I am surprised the Warriors went out and paid Wright. Just as I am surprised they sacrificed Anthony Randolph for the right to pay David Lee $80 million over the next six years. And I am surprised they’re going to let Anthony Morrow leave on a cost-effective $12 million three year deal.

I don’t know what else to say. Strange decisions.

Dorell Wright

I like Dorell Wright. I think he’s a good all-around wing. Preferably a big two but a capable small forward also. A solid defender, a good rebounder, a good passer and a good complementary scorer with a nice shooting touch. An excellent athlete with a good skill set but a passive mentality which will stop him from ever becoming the star talent that he could have become.

Playing Time

The Warriors have recently traded Corey Maggette and Kelenna Azubuike. That has left a big hole on the wing at the quick forward position. Dorell Wright will be given the opportunity to fill that role and earn a lot of playing time in the process.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Wright put up 12-15ppg, 6rpg and 4apg in around 30-35 minutes a night next year.

Contender

I wanted to see Wright sign with a contender like the San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers or the Dallas Mavericks. He could have become a terrific glue guy on a side like that.

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  1. Dave, I agree 100% with your take on Dorell Wright. Would have been a solid signing for any one of the top contenders.

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