July 12, 2010
Warriors Sign Free Agent Forward Dorell Wright
Six-Year Veteran Posted Most Productive NBA Campaign in 2009-10
The Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Dorell Wright to a multi-year contract, the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.
Wright, 24, appeared in a career-high 72 games last season for the Miami Heat, averaging 7.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.8 minutes. The 6'9" forward posted career-high figures in total points (510), three-point field goals made (61), steals (52) and minutes played (1,496). He scored a career-high 26 points - including a career-best six three-pointers - February 23 vs. Minnesota, one of 22 double-figure scoring outings. He also appeared in each of Miami's five games in the First Round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs versus the Boston Celtics (22.4 minutes per game). Wright finished the season shooting 46% from the floor, 39% from three-point range and 88% from the free throw line.
"We're excited to add another young and athletic player to our roster who we believe will fit in very nicely on both ends of the floor," said Warriors' General Manager Larry Riley. "Dorell is a natural small forward who can shoot the basketball, rebound his position and will certainly provide our team with a defensive mentality. He has continued to improve each season that he's been in the NBA and we're confident that his best basketball is ahead of him."
Originally selected by the Heat directly out of high school in the first round of the 2004 NBA Draft (#19 overall), Wright has spent each of his six NBA seasons in Miami. The Los Angeles native was a member of Miami's 2006 NBA Championship team and has averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.5 minutes in 211 career NBA outings. He grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds against the Warriors on December 7, 2007 and has collected double-figures in rebounds on 11 occasions in addition to registering eight career double-doubles. Wright has started a total of 56 games during his NBA tenure, including a career-high 34 contests during the 2007-08 season, when he posted career-best averages in scoring (7.9) and rebounds (5.0).
"I am really excited about this opportunity with the Warriors," said Wright. "I have always been a big proponent of Golden State's up-tempo style and I think that my ability to play defense with my length and athleticism will prove to be a valuable addition to the team as well. I was very fortunate to play with a tremendous backcourt teammate in Miami the last several years and I'm really looking forward to playing with Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and, of course, David Lee, who I am very familiar with as an All-Star from the Eastern Conference. It's a solid team and it will be fun to watch us compete."
Wright will wear uniform #1.