Former Miami Heat first round pick Dorell Wright is eager for a reunion with the team that drafted him out of high school back in 2004 but so far that feeling hasn't been mutual.
Wright, who has remained close friends with Dwyane Wade through his tenure in Miami and after he moved on by signing with the Golden State Warriors as a free agent in 2010, is a solid veteran who is still only 29-years-old but would seemingly have little opportunity to play major minutes behind Luol Deng and Justise Winslow along with Gerald Green and possibly James Ennis off the bench.
Ennis' re-negotiated contract affords the Heat some time to decide whether they want to guarantee his contract for next season and also gives them wiggle room for the 15th and final roster spot. Tyler Johnson already has a partially guaranteed contract in place after the Heat freed up roster spots with the jettisoning of Zoran Dragic and Shabazz Napier in separate deals after Summer League.
According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Heat officials have in fact remained in contact with Wright and/or his representatives but no offer has materialized as of yet.
The Heat has maintained contact with the representation for Portland and former Heat free agent forward Dorell Wright and expressed willingness to continue talking. But Miami has not made an offer to this point.
If the Heat decides to offer a minimum deal in September and he accepts, Wright would be the favorite over James Ennis (who has a non-guaranteed deal) for the 15th roster spot, barring trades.
Wright has expressed interest in returning but is talking to several other teams, too. Wright, 29, averaged 4.6 points in 48 games for the Trail Blazers last season.
Wright spent his first six seasons with the Heat and has averaged 8.4 points in his 11-year career and shot 36.5 percent on three-pointers.
The 6-foot-9 small forward would give the Heat another proven outside shooting presence, something which was lacking last season after the departures of veterans Ray Allen and Shane Battier. Wright set franchise records with the Warriors in his first season with them in 2010-11 with 194 3-pointers made, which also led the NBA that season, and 516 attempts (both records were later shattered by Stephen Curry).
If Wright does not secure a NBA offer to his liking, he may decide to sign in China.
NBA free-agent Dorell Wright considering offer from China, a source said.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 17, 2015
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