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Jul 10

Trail Blazers Sign Dorell Wright In Free Agency

By caseyholdahl

The Portland Trail Blazers have officially signed free agent forward Dorell Wright. He will wear No. 1.

The agreement was first reported on July 6 by Jason Quick of The Oregonian, but now that the July moratorium has expired, the team is free to make the signing official. The team doesn't announce terms, but Quick reports that the deal is two years at $3 million a year.

From the looks of the photo above, which was posted to Wright's Instagram account last night, Wright actually signed his contract when the moratorium officially ended at 9 PM (midnight Eastern), which was followed by ...
“Dorell brings a versatile skill set on both sides of the ball,” said Olshey in the team's press release. “He gives us the ability to stretch defenses on the offensive end while guarding multiple positions defensively.”

Wright, a nine-year veteran drafted out of high school by the Miami Heat, averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in almost 23 minutes per game in a reserve role last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. A known three-point shooter, Wright joins the Trail Blazers, a team that broke their franchise record in three-pointers taken and made last season under Terry Stotts, with a 36 percent average from beyond the arc.

“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 Chris Haynes of CSNNW. "Coach 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."

2 Comments

  1. Welcome to Portland sir! We love that u r w/ us now; u r gonna love it here. The best/most fun years of ur career will b here w/ us! :)

    by Simpson on 7/10/2013 10:00 AM
  2. I'd love to see him in a role similar to what Ray Allen had on the Heat last year. Play 15-20 minutes a game, knock down a couple threes, space the floor, play D, and hustle.

    by chris.barnes on 7/10/2013 11:24 AM
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