July 10, 2010

Two Wrights Make This Less Wrong

...maybe I take it back, lame-duck chickenheads. The signing of Dorell Wright to a three-year, $11 million contract is a good one, and helps to answer some of the questions the Lee trade created.

Wright scores efficiently and rarely, he can score from distance (39.5% last year), and he's an actual by-God decent defender, with good length for a three. You could not design a more well-suited small forward for the needs of this team. I love Anthony Morrow like a sharp-shooting brother, but he's not as good as Dorell Wright, and he's not as good of a fit. Best of all, Dorell came cheaply enough so that re-signing CJ still looks like a strong possibility.

It'd be a stretch to call this a masterstroke. Wright is no star, and his arrival doesn't begin to erase the pain of Randolph's departure. But you can at least see a semblance of a plan starting to take shape here. If CJ re-signs, the rotation shakes out thusly:

PG: Stephen Curry, C.J. Watson
SG: Monta Ellis, Charlie Bell
SF: Dorell Wright, Reggie Williams
PF: David Lee, Brandan Wright, Ekpe Udoh
C: Andris Biedrins, Dan Gadzuric

There's more size, health, consistency and (potentially) defense here than there was last year. I don't think it's a playoff team... this lineup screams "38 wins", and far less than that if the league's worst coach manages to stick around another year. And the Warriors will now be spending more money for less upside, which is a ridiculous trade for a bad team. Still, the signing of Dorell Wright fills a hole and stops the bleeding. Good move.

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