The Golden State Warriors have reportedly agreed to trade small forward Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers for an undisclosed player, according to Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group.
Thompson tweeted on Tuesday:
Correction: the Warriors are not getting a future pick for DWright. They are getting a player Philly previously drafted and stashed overseas— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) July 10, 2012
The trade makes sense for both parties.
The Warriors just drafted North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick, as well as Michigan State forward Draymond Green in the second round. They also have Richard Jefferson and will likely re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Rush, who played well for them last season.
Wright was the odd man out.
After six seasons in Miami, Wright enjoyed a breakout season for the Warriors in 2010-11, averaging 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 38 percent from downtown. But Wright struggled last season, averaging 10.3 points while falling out of favor in coach Mark Jackson's rotation. He averaged 38 minutes in 2010-11, but averaged just 27 minutes last season.
Wright could provide depth for the 76ers next season, with the potential to get back to his form of two seasons ago. Wright, 26, was drafted in the first round by the Heat in 2004 as a teenager. He still has room to grow.
This was almost a must for the Warriors.
It would have been hard to find minutes for everyone at small forward with Wright on board next season, not to mention find minutes to groom Barnes. The Warriors will also save $4.1 million in salary next season by trading Wright, according to Steinmetz. There's a chance the undisclosed player won't even break into the roster in 2012-13.
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