The Warriors have agreed to trade Dorell Wright to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to league sources. In return, Golden State gets the rights to a player Philadelphia previously stashed overseas. (Previously reported it was for a future draft pick. That was not correct)
Trading Wright, the starting small forward the last two seasons, frees up $4 million off the Warriors’ salary cap. They now have about $8 million to of space before going over the luxury tax. That will help Golden State address other needs, such as front line help, a back-up point guard and a veteran scorer off the bench.
Golden State had been shut out of the free agency period thus far, largely because of limited salary cap space. But this trade allows for the Warriors to use their mid-level exception and bi-annual exceptions, or take on some $8 million of salary in a trade.
Wright’s grip on the starting small forward job, furnished by a breakout season under Keith Smart in 2010-11, had loosened thanks to the play of Brandon Rush and Dominic McGuire. After the Warriors’ drafted rookie small forward Harrison Barnes with the No. 7 overall pick, the writing was on the wall. Wright, because of his expiring contract, was the obvious choice for the Warriors to trade.