- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Free agent center/power forward Brandan Wright said he is likely to re-sign with the Mavericks.
“Dallas is the clear-cut leader,” Wright told ESPNDallas.com via text message Wednesday.
Wright said he and his agent Jim Tanner are in discussions with the Mavericks and anticipate a deal to get done “sooner or later.” The Mavs own Wright’s Early Bird rights, meaning that they can exceed the salary cap to re-sign him to a multiyear contract that pays him up to 104.5 percent of the average NBA player salary of more than $5 million. As a result, it makes sense for the Mavs to sign a starting center before finalizing a deal with Wright.
Wright, 25, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, spent the last two seasons with the Mavs as a minimum-salary reclamation project. He had the league’s 20th-best player efficiency rating (21.03) in a limited role last season. After falling out of rotation for a stretch in the middle of the season, Wright finished on a high note, averaging 11.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 24 minutes per game to help the Mavs got 15-8 down the stretch.
The Mavs envision Wright as a high-flying spark off the bench. They are targeting Andrew Bynum in free agency to be their starting center.
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