The Mavs will bring back center Brandan Wright next season, reports Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com. Donnie Nelson, the team's president of basketball operations, described the move as a "formality." Wright is slated to make the minimum salary of $992,680.
The 24-year-old Wright signed a two-year deal in December and played in a career-high 49 games, averaging 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per night as a third option behind Brendan Haywood and Ian Mahinmi. Wright was picked eighth overall by the Bobcats in 2007, but has yet to live up to that promise in four seasons with the Warriors, Nets and Mavs.
The move will have little effect on the team's cap space, but gives Dallas insurance in case it loses Mahinmi, an unrestricted free agent, uses the amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood, who has four years and $37.743MM left on his contract, or both. Caplan writes that the team has an option on Wright for next season, but other outlets, like Storytellers Contracts and Sham Sports, say that Wright's deal is instead non-guaranteed for next season. Either way, the Mavs control his fate, and it appears they want him back for 2012/13.