The Portland Trail Blazers have agreed upon a two year, $6 million contract with Philadelphia swing man, Dorell Wright. Wright is a 9 year veteran who spent most of his career with the Miami Heat until his breakout season with the Golden State warriors after signing as a free agent in 2010. It’s fair to say that his production dropped off a little afterward, but he is just the type of backup the Blazers need.
Virtually all of his points come from the 3-point line or right at the rim. This screams “floor spacer” which is a perfect fit for Portland who’s bench struggled mightily to create good shots. The addition of Wright puts a definitive end to the Luke Babbitt days and gives the Blazers yet another piece of valuable depth. Kudos, Olshey.
Wright is 6’7”, 200 lbs, and will assume the role of Nic Batum’s backup. It is unclear who will be first off the bench (Wright or Claver), but the Blazers now have the option to go big or small (as Claver is 6’9”, 224 lbs). Since Claver is less polished than Wright, it seems likely that he will be reduced to third string. Of course, Wright can play shooting guard as well, so they may see time together.
This is probably the last major move the Blazers will make this offseason, and that’s ok. Olshey took a hand full of 2nd round picks, some foreign players, and cap space, and turned them into the depth that was missing from the roster last season. The Blazers’ depth chart now looks like:
PG: Damian Lillard | CJ McCollum
SG: Wesley Matthews | Allen Crabbe | Will Barton
SF: Nicolas Batum | Dorell Wright | Victor Claver
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge | Thomas Robinson
C: Meyers Leonard | Robin Lopez | Joel Freeland
I am very excited for the 2013-2014 season. The Blazers have a new backup at EVERY position. Though competition is getting stiffer in the West, this could be a playoff team again.