Sixers acquire Wright from Golden State

Posted: July 12, 2012

ORLANDO — When 76ers coach Doug Collins and president Rod Thorn do get to talk to the media on Wednesday, the first day teams can sign free agents, they will have quite a bit to discuss.

Last week, the team agreed to a 1-year contract with shooting guard Nick Young and reportedly decided to use their amnesty clause on forward Elton Brand and his $18.2 million contract. Tuesday, the team acquired shooting forward Dorell Wright from the Golden State Warriors, reportedly for the rights to a previous draft choice. This season will be the last of Wright's contract; he will make $4.1 million. Young also has a 1-year deal, worth about $6 million.

In Wright, the Sixers get a 6-7 forward who can shoot the ball from distance. Two seasons ago, he made 194 of 516 (37.6 percent) three-pointers, both NBA highs. He also averaged 16.4 points that season. This past season, Wright averaged 10.3 points and went 105-for-292 from three-point range (36 percent). He has missed only one game the past two seasons, starting each of the other 143.

By adding Wright and Young, the team has dramatically improved its outside shooting, an area in which it struggled mightily last season. But they also are adding a couple of players who are suspect defenders.

When the team agreed to bring in Young, they essentially cut ties to last year's leading scorer, Lou Williams. The diminutive guard had spent each of his seven seasons in Philadelphia after being a second-round pick of the Sixers out of South Gwinnett High School, near Atlanta, in 2005. Now, it appears as if Williams is going home, as reports say he has agreed to a multiyear contract with the Atlanta Hawks.

Now it seems that the team must find a backup point guard to Jrue Holiday. While Evan Turner, probably the team's starting "two" guard, and Andre Iguodala can handle the ball, at times, getting a point guard to back up Holiday and enable him to move off the ball at times would be ideal.

Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobCooney76. For more Sixers coverage and opinion, read his blog at www.philly.com/Sixerville.

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