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June 30, 2013 Updates

Meet with Wasserman Media Group unrestricted free agents J.J. Redick and Mike Dunleavy Jr. A source involved added that unrestricted free agent Dorell Wright also will likely get face time with Saunders. KSTP

January 12, 2013 Updates

Wearing a famous cat’s red and white-striped hat, Philadelphia 76ers guard/forward Dorell Wright will read a classic Dr. Seuss book to 250 students at the team’s Read to Achieve event presented by Pepsi on Monday, January 14 at Cynwyd Elementary School (101 W. Levering Mill Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Following introductions of the Sixers Dream Team and Sixers Flight Squad, Wright and a member of the Flight Squad will read the book interactively with the students, who will also be wearing “Cat in the Hat”-style toppers and Read to Achieve T-shirts. The Sixers’ Read to Achieve program is presented by Pepsi, a proud sponsor of the Philadelphia 76ers, and encourages children of all ages the importance of reading, both in school and at home. NBA.com

October 7, 2012 Updates

If you tuned into ESPN’s First Take earlier this week you heard Stephen A. Smith touting Howard over Bynum. Smith’s foil, Skip Bayless, maintains, as he did when Bynum was in Los Angeles, that Bynum is the better center. Shaquille, who seems to be fighting the angst that some athletes deal with (rather poorly) when the sun has set on his career, suggested that not only was Bynum better (debatable), but that Brook Lopez is also better (absurd) than Howard. The Sixers I’ve talked to are firmly in their teammate’s camp. This includes Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Dorell Wright and Jason Richardson (who has played with Howard). One of them even went as far to say that Bynum, who will be their first option rather than the third, as he was in Los Angeles, could average 25 points this season. The good thing about this is that, as far as the Sixers are concerned, what’s being said by others outside of their locker room hasn’t altered their opinion about their teammate, which should help them this season. Philadelphia Inquirer

September 26, 2012 Updates

While growing familiar with those guys on the court, the former Golden State Warrior has been especially impressed with young players Holiday and Turner, saying Tuesday that he “can tell they’re hungry and ready to win. They want to take their game to the next level.” But the guy Wright, a slender 6-foot-9 forward, is most looking forward to playing alongside is center Andrew Bynum. “He’s going to need two defenders to stop him,” Wright told reporters. “I would say he’s the best big man in the NBA right now, hands down.” phillyburbs.com

July 11, 2012 Updates

The Warriors acquired veteran point guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets as part of the trade that will send Dorell Wright to Philadelphia. The Hornets received the draft rights to 2006 second-round pick Edin Bavcic in return. A 6-foot-11 forward, Bavcic, 28, was selected 56th overall by the Raptors and traded his rights to Philadelphia for cash the night of the ‘06 draft. Bavcic, 28, played in Greece last season. Toronto Sun

The trade that sent Dorell Wright to Philadelphia morphed into a three-team discussion last night, with the Warriors potentially landing point guard Jarrett Jack from New Orleans. A source confirmed that the talks have progressed. But the source cautioned the deal was fragile and could fall apart. Wright would still go to Philadelphia. New Orleans would get a $5.1 million trade exception and Bosnian power forward Edin Bavcic. Golden State would get Jack, one of the most respected little-known guards in the NBA. Contra Costa Times

July 10, 2012 Updates

Before reaching a deal with Philadelphia, some teams approached about acquiring Dorell Wright asked that the Warriors also include a future draft pick in compensation for taking on the contract. With the Philly deal, the Warriors clean up a glut of duplicate small forwards, get a $4.1 million trade exception and can use both the mid-level and bi-annual exceptions to sign free agents without butting up against the luxury tax. Sulia

Matt Steinmetz: FWIW, Philly never drafted Bavcic. His rights acquired from TOR in '06. BTW Bavcic's got symbols above last name I can't replicate. Twitter

Wright had been the subject of trade speculation for much of the offseason, and appeared to be the odd-man as the team moved forward. Wright started all 82 games for the Warriors in 2010-11, and he started 61 of 66 games for Golden State last season. But Wright’s minutes dwindled under first-year coach Mark Jackson, and he seldom played in crunch time for the Warriors. CSNBayArea.com

Trading Wright, the starting small forward the last two seasons, frees up $4 million off the Warriors’ salary cap. They now have about $8 million to of space before going over the luxury tax. That will help Golden State address other needs, such as front line help, a back-up point guard and a veteran scorer off the bench. Golden State had been shut out of the free agency period thus far, largely because of limited salary cap space. But this trade allows for the Warriors to use their mid-level exception and bi-annual exceptions, or take on some $8 million of salary in a trade. Contra Costa Times

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