According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Miami Heat are pursuing a free agent forward they know very well. He could add depth to their front court, which could be without Chris Andersen, who has been rumored to be on the trade block.
The Miami Heat are pursuing free agent power forward Dorell Wright. Wright played his first six NBA seasons with the Miami Heat from 2004-2010. Last season, Wright played for the Portland Trail Blazers, where he averaged 4.6 points in just 48 games.
Wright, 29, is reportedly interested in returning to the Miami Heat, but the team has yet to make an offer. If Wright were to agree to a minimum deal with the Miami Heat, Jackson believes he would become the favorite for the final roster spot, ahead of James Ennis, whose $845k contract is not guaranteed until the NBA season commences. Ennis had a fairly productive rookie year, scoring five points in just 17 minutes per game, but he has shown little sign of improvement during summer league, and with his contract, he is quite expendable.
The Miami Heat like Ennis, but their team is so deep and talented that he may be the odd man out if they were to acquire Wright.
While Wright would like to return to the Miami Heat, he has spoken to multiple other teams, as well. But a return to Portland is considered unlikely.
Wright has played his best basketball with the Golden State Warriors, where he played from 2010-2012, and the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played for the 2012-2013 season. Wright’s two only double-digit seasons in points per game came with the Warriors, including the 2010-2011 season, when he averaged 16.2 points.
Wright is a career 37 percent three-point shooter, which could be a major asset to a Miami Heat squad that ranked 24th in the NBA last season in shooting from beyond the arc, at 33.5 percent. The Miami Heat would need to upgrade their three-point shooting if they want to contend in the Eastern Conference, which they do. Wright might be the upgrade that the team is looking for.
Do you think the Miami Heat will make a transaction in order to acquire Dorell Wright? If not, what other moves do you see the Heat making before the NBA season begins in October? Finally, how do you think the Miami Heat will fare next season, after 10th in the Eastern Conference and narrowly missing the playoffs?
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