One day after locking up their new starting power forward, the Warriors have come to terms with potentially their new starting small forward.
And it may mean goodbye to sharp-shooting guard Anthony Morrow.
According to multiple sources, the Warriors have reached an agreement with Miami Heat unrestricted free agent Dorell Wright. The deal is for three years and just shy of $11 million.
The Warriors had been in the market for a true small forward, meaning someone with adequate size and skill. They also wanted a veteran still in his prime but able to fit under the $5.765 million midlevel exception, which is all the Warriors have to offer free agents.
But after adding an offensive-minded player in power forward David Lee — whom the Warriors acquired from New York on Friday — it was especially important that Golden State get a defensively capable small forward.
Wright, who came to the pros from South Kent Prep High in Connecticut, was at the top of the Warriors' list of options. He is 6-foot-9, 210 pounds and played the past six seasons with Miami, which selected him 19th overall in the 2004 NBA draft. Wright's best season was in 2007-08 when he averaged 7.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 25.1 minutes.
A knee injury limited Wright, 24, to six games in 2008-09. But he returned last season, averaging 7.1 points and 20.8 minutes in 72 games, then averaged 22.4 minutes in five playoff games.
Wright's arrival could mean the departure of Morrow, who received a three-year, $12 million offer sheet from New Jersey. A Warriors source said the team will weigh its options if and when it gets an offer sheet for Morrow.
Morrow is expected to sign the offer sheet from New Jersey on Monday, giving the Warriors seven days from that point to match. But with Wright and Reggie Williams under contract at small forward, and Monta Ellis and Charlie Bell under contract at shooting guard, there would be little room for Morrow — perhaps not enough to justify giving Morrow $4 million per season.
That means Morrow — who went from undrafted in 2008 and headed overseas, to the Warriors' summer league team, to becoming one of the most accurate 3-point shooters in the NBA — will likely become a Net.
The Warriors still have designs on signing a backup point guard — possibly restricted free agent C.J. Watson.