Apr. 9, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers small forward Dorell Wright (4) shoots a reverse dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Portland Trailblazers Sign Dorell Wright

After the Clippers signed Matt Barnes yesterday, who was reportedly of Grizzlies interest, the only real hope left out of the major pieces that the Grizzlies wanted was Dorell Wright…who was also just signed, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

That deal is amazingly cheap, both for a player as good as Wright, and because there was a legitimate bidding war for him. The 76ers, Grizzlies, Thunder, and Bulls — at least — were actively pursuing him, as well as the Blazers. For the Blazers to have gotten him so quickly and for so cheap is a bit of a coup on their part.

He was a better option for the Grizzlies than Matt Barnes, that much is certain. He’s a longer player and a better defender, capable of giving even the best players some trouble, and he’s a better 3-point shooter as well, hitting a strong 37.4% last season on a Sixers team with little to no spacing. Plus, per this shot chart, his percentages are even better than that from four particular hot-spots around the wing and corner, where you can see his clear comfort:

Wright was exactly the player the Grizz needed: a strong shooter, and voracious, athletic defender. Losing him is unfortunate, though it might, hopefully, open some doors going forward.

Here’s hoping for another good 3-point shooter to catch the Grizzlies’ eye…*cough* Anthony Morrow *cough.*

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