Wright: 'Bad Taste' Needs To Be Behind Mavs
The Dallas Mavericks have some pecking-order issues when it comes to handling their contracts, but they have a two-year agreement with big man Brandan Wright, who tells DB.com, "I'm looking forward to getting the bad taste out of our mouths from not making the playoffs last year. I'm blessed to be back!''
The Mavericks owned Wright's Early Bird rights, so his return was almost always a foregone conclusion. Agent Jim Trotter tells TNT's David Aldridge that the deal includes $10 million guaranteed, with an additional $1.1 million in incentives.
(UPDATE: 238 pm DFW time on Thursday, July 25, Wright signing goes official.)
Wright was the eighth overall pick of the 2007 draft but has been a successful Mavs reclamation project. Wright, 25, played 20 minutes or more in 14 games last year and averaged 10.9 points, 5.1 boards, 1.9 blocks and 64-percent shooting then while playing center and power forward in Dallas.
"I'm just happy for the opportunity to be a part of the Mavs organization for the next two years,'' Wright tells DB.com
The organization does have more work to do, even with today's other signing of Monta Ellis. If the Mavs wish to sign second-round rookie Ricky Ledo to a budget-wise four-year minimum deal, the only way to do it is for his official signing to precede Wright's, and not the other way around. (Otherwise, Ledo will be limited to a two-year deal.)
Wright tells DB.com that he has not yet signed the deal ... which we believe to be a critically important detail.
Meanwhile, the Mavs continue to court center Greg Oden, who would be given a Minimum Salary Exception also outside the cap.
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