Olshey: Got Talent That Exceeded Draft Position
The Portland Trail Blazers are doing their best to shore up one of the weakest benches in the league.
General Manager Neil Olshey is plugging away by agreeing to terms with free agent wing Dorell Wright on a two-year, $6 million deal, a league source confirmed to CSNNW.com.
Yahoo! Sports was first to report the agreement.
According to the source, the deal is fully guaranteed with no opt-outs attached.
Wright says he was weighing offers from Oklahoma City, Utah and Memphis. But at the end of the day, the Blazers way of doing things and the fans, appealed to him.
“It was a great opportunity to play with a good team that has great players in Damian Lillard, LaMarcus [Aldridge] and Nicolas Batum," Wright told CSNNW.com. "Coach [Terry] Stotts' style of play was one of the biggest things that enticed me. They run up and down and shoot a lot of threes. It reminds me of my days in Golden State.
“It rains a lot but it's cool with me. I would rather have rain than snow any day. They have some of the best fans in the NBA, so you have to love playing in that type of atmosphere. I just felt this was the best spot for my skill-set and I'm happy to be in Rip City."
Wright, 28, is nine-year veteran who was drafted right out of high school by the Miami Heat in 2004.
He has a career average of 9.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He is best known for his three-point shooting, having led the NBA in three-pointers made (194) during the 2010-11 season as a member of the Golden State Warriors. That same season, he set a franchise record with 9 three-pointers made in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers last season.