Though there was some interest between the Miami Heat and former first round draft pick Dorell Wright, a possible reunion will have to be put on hold with the news that the 29-year-old small forward will be heading to China to play for the Chongqing Soaring Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.
Source: Dorell Wright has left the NBA, signed overseas in China with Chongqing Dragons.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 17, 2015
Wright himself took to Twitter to confirm the news.
Next Chapter Blessed.— Dorell Wright (@DWRIGHTWAY1) August 17, 2015
Though Wright had earlier in the offseason spoke of a desire to rejoin the Heat, there was little indication that the team was interested in his services until Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had reported earlier in the week that team officials had been in contact with Wright's representatives.
Still, no offer was made at the time and Wright had been in touch with other NBA teams while weighing his options overseas.
With the Chinese season ending months earlier than the NBA, the Heat's roster situation by that time could possibly accommodate a veteran to help in their playoff push. Last season, Miami signed former player Michael Beasley in late February after his season ended with the Shanghai Sharks of the CBA.
Wright was drafted back in 2004 with the No. 19 selection directly out of high school and played six seasons for the Heat before moving on to play for the Golden State Warriors in 2010 and the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2012-13 season. He played the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers.
He has remained close friends with Dwyane Wade since their playing days together and both are sponsored by Li-Ning, the Chinese sportswear brand that signed Wade away from Jordan Brand in 2012 and later brought Wright onboard early last year.
Lol that's a fact. https://t.co/tND61yHMTu— Dorell Wright (@DWRIGHTWAY1) August 17, 2015