While Warriors management had already decided it wasn’t going to pick up the fourth-year option on guard Marco Belinelli, the same decision awaits on Brandan Wright. They have until Oct. 31 (technically, I think, it is the day before the season starts) to lock him up for 2010-11 at better than $3M.
I have heard nothing about them not picking up his option. If I were a betting man, my money is on them picking up the option. The Warriors do like Wright and are banking on him to play at PF (though he is looking like Anthony Randolph’s back-up instead of the starter, which he was deemed by Nellie late last season).
But, it wouldn’t hurt to have another expiring contract, and maybe playing for a deal would light a fire under Wright and produce a breakout season. It’s worth considering, but in the end he probably has more value to the Ws on the court.
If the Warriors do pick-up his option, it is probably an indicator that they don’t expect to trade him. Wright was involved in the offer to Phoenix. Assuredly, part of Wright’s appeal to another team is that they would have the choice on whether to pick up the option (as the Warriors do with Acie Law). Of course, the Warriors still could trade him after exercising their option, but Wright would be less valuable.
BW went to summer school in Chapel Hill and wound up playing a lot of basketball. Word is that he is healthy and the Warriors are happy with the strides he’s made. He still fits the Ws style of play and is arguably their best inside scoring option. Plus, Randolph could use the competition.