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Lorenzen Wright Found Dead

MEMPHIS - DECEMBER 7:  Lorenzen Wright #42 of the Memphis Grizzlies controls the ball against the New York Knicks during the game on December 7, 2004 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.  The Grizzlies defeated the Knicks 96-88. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Aaron YoungContributor IIIJuly 28, 2010

After being reported missing since July 19, law enforcement officials of the Memphis Police Department have discovered the body of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright.

The Memphis Police Department has not yet officially commented on the situation, but it has been reported that his body was discovered in a remote, wooden area located in southeast Memphis. Sources indicate that on the day of his disappearance a 9-1-1 call was received from a cell phone reportedly owned by Wright. The call was ended abruptly after the dispatcher heard what was apparently gunfire. According to those who saw him last, including his ex-wife, the former Memphis Tigers stand-out was carrying a considerable sum of money at the time of his death.

The crime scene, located at Hacks Cross and Winchester, became somewhat of an attraction this afternoon, drawing countless passers-by, many oblivious to the identity of the victim. Among the large crowd of spectators were former Tiger teammates Penny Hardaway and Elliot Perry.

Wright, 34, was a 14-year veteran of the NBA, last playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-2009 season. Also spending time with the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings, he was most well-known for his two stints in Memphis- collegiality with the Memphis Tigers (1992-1996) and professionally with the Memphis Grizzlies (2001-2006.)

A Memphis native, the 6'11" center was impressive during his college career, meriting a 7th overall drafting by the Clippers in 1996. Averaging 8.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in his NBA game, his finest professional season came in 2001 with his hometown Grizzlies when he put up 12 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest and shot 46% from the field in 29.0 minutes per game.

The ongoing investigation has been labeled as a "death investigation" by the Memphis Police, and more details are sure to come. Police suspect foul play is a definite possibility.

Lorenzen Wright will be sorely missed by the NBA and basketball communities.

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