In a move that freed up a roster spot and gave the team some more money to play with this offseason, the Golden State Warriors have traded small forward Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for what looks to be the rights to Edin Bavcic, a player from Bosnia and Herzegovina who is currently playing overseas. Wright averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Warriors in 27 minutes per game.
Regardless of what the team actually receives in this trade, the Warriors are the big winner. Looking first at the 76ers, this is a perplexing move that gives Philadelphia yet another perimeter-oriented player in Wright. Unless the team makes more moves this offseason, the 76ers would have Wright, Evan Turner, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, and rookie Moe Harkless for a very crowded group of wing players.
For the Warriors this accomplishes plenty of good. When looking at the team's personnel at small forward, the future at the position was set in stone once the team drafted Harrison Barnes with the seventh overall pick in this year's draft. With Richard Jefferson unmovable due to his big contract and Wright receiving less minutes during crunch time for coach Mark Jackson, it was best for the Warriors to part ways with the sharpshooter.
Financially, this move gives the team some breathing room in free agency. By trading away Wright, the Warriors will save $4.1 million in salary for next season, meaning the team can now utilize all of the mid-level exception, worth approximately $5 million, and then some without entering the luxury tax area. With many of the team's free agent targets looking for at least $3 million a year, this move now gives the team about $8 million of space to address other needs such as a backup point guard, bench scorer, and front line depth.
With this newfound cap space, the Warriors will now have a better chance at retaining restricted free agent Brandon Rush, one of their top targets in free agency. A solid scorer and defender off the bench last season, Rush would be a great backup wing player to Barnes and Klay Thompson. A combination of Thompson, Barnes, Jefferson, and Rush would give the team a solid group of wing players for next season.
The Warriors will definitely benefit from making this trade. From gaining cap space to letting go of a player who declined in the first year of Jackson's coaching, the Warriors cleared up a logjam at one position and now have more flexibility for the rest of this offseason.
Warriors trade Wright to 76ers, CSN Bay Area
Report: Warriors agree to trade Dorell Wright to Philadelphia 76ers, Bay Area News Group
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