76ers acquire forward Dorell Wright in trade with Golden State Warriors

Posted: July 11, 2012

Already loaded with players at small forward, the 76ers added another on Tuesday, acquiring 26-year-old Dorell Wright from the Golden State Warriors for the NBA draft rights to 2006 second-round pick Edlin Bavcic, according to a league source.

Wright, in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.4 million, averaged 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season for the Warriors in 27 minutes per game. He joins a group of Sixers small forwards that includes Andre Iguodala and first-round pick Maurice Harkless.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound Wright had his best year as a pro during the 2010-11 season, when he averaged a career-high 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists. The showing was good enough to earn Wright third place in the voting for Most Improved Player. Wright also led the league in three-point shots taken and made that season, connecting on 194 of 516 attempts.

The move can be made official Wednesday with the expiration of the moratorium on trades and signings. The Sixers have agreed in principle to deals with Lavoy Allen (two years, $6 million); Spencer Hawes (two years, $13 million); and Nick Young (one year, $6 million).

The Sixers also have agreed to use their amnesty provision on Elton Brand, which will allow the final year of his contract ($18.2 million) to come off the books. With amnesty for Brand, the Sixers created the cap space required to trade for Wright.

The move could indicate yet another move to be made by the team. Still in need of a legitimate power forward and a backup point guard, the Sixers have been stockpiling one- and two-year contracts that make them a more desirable trade partner. They also could be setting themselves up for next season, when the free-agent market will be more robust.

Earlier Wednesday, a Sixers source said the team was not interested in pursuing unrestricted free-agent power forward Kris Humphries.

Sixers president and general manager Rod Thorn said Tuesday that the team still planned to get a point guard to back up starter Jrue Holiday.

Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow on Twitter @JmitchInquirer. Read his deepsixer blog at philly.com.


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