The Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t expected to make much noise this summer in free agency. However, a report surfaced today that the Thunder want to make a run at Dorell Wright, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers this past season.
Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of Philadelphia free-agent guard Dorell Wright, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
Wright, 27, averaged 9.2 points in 72 games for the Sixers a season ago.
The Thunder are working to stay below the luxury tax threshold this season, searching for bargain contributors able to spread the floor and make shots. The return of Kevin Martin to the Thunder appears unlikely, unless the market for him dries up completely and he has to return at a far lower rate than he’s trying to find, league sources said.
Wright averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game for the 76ers last season. He attempted 4.6 threes per game and made 37.4 percent of them.
With Kevin Martin likely on the way out, Wright would be a very nice fit to help replace him. Wright is pretty athletic at 6-foot-7 and 200 pounds and is a great perimeter shooter, from the corners in particular.
Whenever the Thunder are able to potentially acquire an athletic wing player who can help spread the floor and knock down threes, it sounds like a good idea.
This would be an ideal fit for both parties.
The Thunder are trying very hard to remain under the luxury tax. With Serge Ibaka’s first year of his big contract kicking in next season, the Thunder probably won’t have much more than $5 million per year to offer a free agent, if that.
Wright made $4.1 million last season with the 76ers. There will likely be teams out there that will be willing to offer Wright more money than the Thunder. The draw in OKC of course will be a shot to win a title.