- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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It’s a virtual certainty that Brandan Wright returns to the Mavericks.
The sides continue to discuss the framework of a contract that will pay Wright in the range of $4 million per season, a source told ESPNDallas.com. It’s likely to be a two-year deal, which would allow the 25-year-old Wright to test the market again as he’s entering his prime.
There is no urgency to finalize the deal because the Mavs own Wright’s Early Bird rights, allowing them to go over the salary cap to re-sign him, as long as he isn’t paid more than 104.5 percent of the average NBA player salary. It’s actually best for the Mavs to handle the rest of their business in free agency, specifically trying to sign Samuel Dalembert to be the starter, before making Wright’s contract official.
Wright, the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft, spent the past 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 the 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 go 15-8 down the stretch.
The Mavs envision Wright continuing in his role as a high-flying spark off the bench.
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