Mavericks Sign Forward Brendan Wright

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For Immediate Release

December 9, 2011

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today they have signed free agent forward Brendan Wright. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wright (6-10, 210) is a former first round draft pick (eighth overall) and joins the Mavericks as a free agent from the New Jersey Nets. Wright was traded to New Jersey last February from the Golden State Warriors, where he began his career in 2007. He holds career averages of 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 12.6 minutes in 114 career games with 31 starts.

Wright was a standout at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he started all 37 games as a freshman and was named Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and All-ACC Second Team. He was an early-entry candidate in the 2007 NBA draft and was the eighth overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats. Wright was acquired by Golden State in a draft-day trade in exchange for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Wright was a two-time Parade All-American and was the first athlete in the state ever to earn "Mr. Tennessee" honors three times. He also led Brentwood Academy to four consecutive state championship.