NBA: Golden State Warriors Trade Dorell Wright to Philadelphia 76ers

Nikhil DilipCorrespondent IIIJuly 10, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Ekpe Udoh #20 and Dorell Wright #1 of the Golden State Warriors go for a rebound at Oracle Arena on February 20, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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UPDATE July 11, 2012 at 1:45ET

The Warriors will acquire point guard Jarrett Jack from New Orleans, and the rights to Bavcic will go to the Hornets.


CSN Philly has just reported that the Golden State Warriors have traded swingman Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the draft rights to Edin Bavcic.

The Toronto Raptors selected Bavcic, a 6'11 power forward, with the 56th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, when they also selected Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 overall pick. Bavcic's rights were later acquired by Philadelphia and are now with Golden State.

The Warriors signed Wright in the summer of 2010, and during his first season, he was a revelation for the team, averaging 16.4 points per game and finished in third for Most Improved Player.

However, in the system of new head coach Mark Jackson, Wright's numbers dipped last season to 10.3 points per game. Jackson sat Wright on the bench for long stretches of time, often placing rookie Klay Thompson into the lineup in place of Wright, though Wright started every game he played. Wright averaged 11.4 minutes less last season.

The Warriors drafted swingman Harrison Barnes with the seventh-overall pick in this year's draft, and it was widely assumed that Barnes and Wright would compete for the starting role at the small forward position, the team's only weakness in the starting lineup. Stephen Curry, Thompson, David Lee, and Andrew Bogut are essentially guaranteed starting roles on opening night.

However, the drafting of Barnes created a clog at the small forward position, as the Warriors have Wright, Barnes, forward Richard Jefferson, and defensive specialist Dominic McGuire.

Trading Wright was definitely the correct move in this situation. The trade frees up cap space and gives the Warriors another player to work with