Feb 15, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT
Dorell Wright has evolved into the best small forward on a Miami Heat team headed to the playoffs. A team that needs to show free agent to be Dwyane Wade that they are committed to winning.
Wright is also the easiest to trade player on the roster, and moving him would bring the Heat under the luxury tax threshold. That would mean about $6.5 million– the salary, tax on that salary and the payment the league would send the Heat for being under the tax.
It’s a tough choice. But Ira Winderman thinks he has a third option.
The simplest solution might be to package Wright in a trade, and therefore create the appearance that he simply had to be included to serve the greater good. Then there would be no issue with the approach, just as there wasn’t when Caron Butler was included in the Shaquille O’Neal trade.
What about for Antwan Jamison? Reports out of Washington are that the Heat have stepped up to the plate as a suitor for Jamison, and the expiring deal of Wright could be a fit in that move.
Wright is owed what is left of his $2.7 million deal this year, then is a free agent. In the Heat’s last 10 games he has averaged 7.6 points per game with good shooting, including 41% from three.
Normally, you might say Wright is an expendable player for Miami, but these are not normal times in Miami.
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