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Wright spent this season in China and since he has not been with another NBA team after March 1 is playoff eligible. He must be signed prior to the Heat's final regular-season game, Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
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Although he recently completed a 10-day contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, Weber is playoff eligible because 10-day contracts do not count against the ban on playoff eligibility for players with other NBA teams after March 1. The Heat are expected to fill out their playoff roster with a Monday signing of former Heat forward Dorell Wright.
Free-agent forward Dorell Wright will meet with the Miami Heat about a possible deal, league sources told The Vertical. Wright is in Miami and could formalize an agreement with the Heat by Sunday, sources said. Wright has spent time in Miami after finishing the Chinese Basketball Association season.
Wright, 30, played six seasons for the Heat after being selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2004 NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 forward has a close relationship with Dwyane Wade and has a history with Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra and coaches Keith Smart and Chris Quinn.
The Heat has been strongly looking at one signing one established player and one developmental project, though the thought of signing two developmental players hasn’t been ruled out. We’re told Miami has been giving legitimate thought to ex-Heat forward Dorell Wright, back from playing in China, but he’s one of several on Miami’s list.
“I have [received interest from NBA teams], but I’ve told my agent that I really don’t want to know anything until something is serious and set in stone,” Wright told Basketball Insiders in a phone interview. “I did that [free agency] waiting game this past summer, getting my hopes up and thinking this could be it, but it didn’t work out. Once something is set in stone and serious, I’ll know about it. Right now, I’m just working until I get that call.”
“Opportunity. Somewhere I could play and contribute,” Wright said. “People know what I bring as far as shooting and leadership and being a professional. 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.”
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Miami also made a similar call on ex-Heat forward Dorell Wright, who is playing in China but will become available to NBA teams in mid-February. But several other teams have shown more interest. Wright, a skilled three-point shooter, was interested in the Heat last summer but Miami never made an offer.
Alex Kennedy: Dorell Wright confirmed China deal via text: "Looking forward to my next chapter in China. Can't wait to play in front of the great fans."
Wright has expressed interest in returning but is talking to several other teams, too. Wright, 29, averaged 4.6 points in 48 games for the Trail Blazers last season.
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