I was at my college reunion in Atlanta when I heard the news about Wright. Hard not to feel bad for the guy. He was determined, and it showed. He had, by all accounts, a great off-season. He was arguably the most impressive player in camp to date. His floating hook was looking unguardable. He picked up 18 pounds over last season, according to the team’s staff, and had grown about an inch. Everybody was impressed with Brandan Wright.
Now, he may be losing more than just most of this season.
The Warriors, I’m told, were really close to officially picking up Wright’s option. They were definitely going to do it, but were waiting as a matter of safe practice. But once he came into camp looking good, it was a no-brainer. Now, not so sure. Of course, this is the very reason they waited, for the just in case, I think.
Do you pick up his option?
If Wright misses six months, he won’t return until March. And even then, he won’t be 100 percent. He will certainly be out of shape and rusty. So you can count this season as a wash. Which means, you are going into 2010-11 with the same questions/concerns about Wright that exist this season, and that’s assuming that shoulder is ever right again.
Do you pick him up for 2010-11 under these circumstances and hope he recovers fully? Or do you cut your losses now and pick up the extra cap space next summer?