In another surprising offseason move, the Philadelphia 76ers have struck a three-way deal with the New Orleans Hornets and the Golden State Warriors, which sends small forward Dorell Wright to Philadelphia while the Sixers send Edin Bavcic, a former draft pick by the Toronto Raptors in 2006 who is currently playing in Europe, to New Orleans and $4.4 million to Golden State. Jarrett Jack of the Hornets will be sent to Golden State as well.
In order for the move to go through, the Sixers will have to use the amnesty clause on power forward Elton Brand, whose $18.1 million in cap space will be freed up to pay Wright.
With Lou Williams signing with the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday and the release of Jodie Meeks, the Sixers wanted a player who can make an immediate impact by providing points off the bench. With Dorell Wright, who was the former 19th pick by the Miami Heat in 2004, the Sixers got the perfect man. Although he was thought to become a long-term project, it took a little while to get the show going. By 2006, when he finally settled in, it was too late for the Heat as they shipped him out west to Golden State.
In the 2010-2011 season, Wright started all 82 games for the Warriors, averaged 16.4 points, led the league in taken and made 3-pointers, and came third in the Comeback Player of the Year Award. After Wright disappointed in the shortened season with rookie head coach Mark Jackson, however, the Warriors drafted UNC product Harrison Barnes to replace him.
Wright is entering the final year of his three-year contract worth $11.4 million. With the 76ers taking another on one-year deal, they can easily sign minor deals throughout the rest of the summer and have enough cap room next summer to deal with the excellent 2013 free agent market.