Dorell Wright Announces Retirement From Basketball

In a new Instagram post today, 11-year veteran NBA forward Dorell Wright appears to have officially announced his retirement from basketball, per Kelly Iko of The Athletic (Twitter link).

“Reflecting on my 16 year career, something I’ve been doing more than half my life, I walk away from the game of basketball with a huge smile on my face and with the feeling of completion,” Wright wrote in part. “The game blessed me with the ability to support my family and friends, to give back to my community and to use my voice & expertise for the next generations to come.”

Drafted by the Heat in 2004 with the No. 19 selection out of high school, Wright played for six seasons in Miami. He won a title with the team in 2006, though he was not a part of the club’s regular rotation at that point.

Wright also logged stops with the Warriors, Sixers, and Trail Blazers. Wright’s final NBA game was an April 2016 playoff appearance for the Heat, during a blowout first-round game against the Hornets. He played two preseason games for the Clippers ahead of the 2016/17 season, before ultimately being waived by Los Angeles.

Since the conclusion of his tenure with the league, the 34-year-old Wright has played for various clubs throughout China and Europe.

Wright holds career NBA averages of 8.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 1.5 APG. He shot 36.5% from long range and 80.6% from the free throw line.

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