In what was beginning to look like another somewhat empty and underwhelming offseason for the Dallas Mavericks after missing out on Patrick Beverley and Danny Green, now looks a little brighter as Dallas has acquired Delon Wright from the Memphis Grizzlies via sign-and-trade.
First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Mavericks will send two second round picks in exchange for the 27-year-old guard following an agreement on a three-year, $29M contract.
Sources: Memphis and Dallas are agreed on a sign-and-trade for G Delon Wright. Dallas will send Memphis two second-round picks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 7, 2019
The Mavericks interest in Wright had been well-documented throughout the opening days of free agency, first reported by Ian Begley of SNY. Saturday night, Brad Townsend of Dallas Morning News reported that a league source said a “Wright-signed Mavs offer sheet” could be sent to the league office within 48 hours.
A league source said a Wright-signed Mavs offer sheet could be submitted to the NBA office as soon as tonight, which would begin the 48-hour window that Memphis would have in which to match the offer and keep Wright.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 7, 2019
With the addition of Wright, where does that leave the Maverick roster and how does he fit?
Wright certainly fits a need for Dallas after striking out on Beverley and Green. Standing at 6-5, Wright has the ability to play both guard positions while also being a long enough to defend both guard spots and do it at a high clip. Following being traded to Memphis in the Marc Gasol trade at the deadline, Wright averaged 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game in the final 26 games of the season for the Grizzlies while playing just over 30 minutes per game, which includes two back-to-back triple doubles against the Mavericks in two of the last four games of the season.
His shooting from the outside sure can use some work, shooting only 30% from three last season but is a 33% shooter from deep throughout his young career. Playing alongside the likes of Luka and KP who can draw double teams, Wright will need to be ready to knock down open shots from outside to reach his full potential within this offense.
Now the question remains: will Delon Wright start? It’s definitely an option. His defensive versatility along with his playmaking ability next to Luka is a plus. Pairing him with Doncic gives the Mavericks a bigger, longer back court, which surely helps somewhat hide Luka on the defensive end.
Whether he’s in the starting lineup or not, Dallas has the depth outside of Wright with Jalen Brunson and Seth Curry to form flexible lineups. Overall, acquiring Wright, who the Mavericks liked all along, and at a great price, is a considerable upgrade to the youth and overall depth for the foreseeable future.
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