The Miami Heat could be closing in on a deal to bring back a familiar face that would provide some added depth for the playoffs.
According to a league source, the Heat is expected to meet with former 2004 first-round pick and 6-9, 205-pound veteran swingman Dorell Wright sometime soon in Miami to discuss a deal to join the team for the remainder of the season. The Vertical reported Thursday that the agreement could formalized as early as Sunday.
The Heat (45-32) has been waiting until the final week of the regular season to fill its two open roster spots in order to remain under the NBA luxury-tax threshold. The Heat could also end up adding a player from it's NBA Development League affiliate.
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An 11-year NBA veteran who played in 48 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season, Wright, 30, spent the early part of this season playing overseas in China where he averaged 24.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and two steals and shot 50.9 percent for the Chongqing Dragons.
Wright told BasketballInsiders.com last month he had been working out in the Bay Area alongside other free agent players and was looking for an NBA team that would give him an opportunity to play and contribute. But if he signs with the Heat, it’s likely that he would be around to provide depth.
“People know what I bring as far as shooting and leadership and being a professional," Wright told BasketballInsiders.com. "I’d like to go somewhere I could help build something for a series of years, not just somewhere I can go for the months remaining in this season. I want to be on a team that wants me, and wants me to be there for a long time. I’d like to be able to play and showcase what I can do, so that I could be there again next year with my family.”
A close friend of Dwyane Wade's, Wright spent six seasons with the Heat after Miami took him with the 19th overall pick in 2004. His best season with the Heat was in 2007-08 when he started 34 games and averaged 25.1 minutes, 7.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists for a team that matched the franchise-record for losses (67).
Wright has averaged 8.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and shot 36.5 percent from three-point range over the course of his career. He had his best season in 2010-11, when he started 82 games for the Golden State Warriors and averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, three assists, 1.5 steals and shot 37.6 percent from three-point range.
Last year in Portland as a veteran leader off the bench, Wright averaged 4.6 points in 12.4 minutes while shooting 38 percent from three.