Friday, July 11, 2008

Aggie swingman Antoine Wright returns

The Mavs added to their perimeter depth by re-signing Antoine Wright today. The former first-round pick out of Texas A&M (whoop) is part of a swingman rotation that also includes Josh Howard and newly-signed Gerald Green.

“We are excited that Antoine will be returning to Dallas next season,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. “He is an emerging young prospect with tremendous promise. With his youth, athleticism and talent, he has a very bright future in Dallas.”

Wright isn’t wasting any time starting on that future, leaving Friday afternoon for Las Vegas to meet up with Rick Carlisle. The Mavs coach will conduct workouts with Wright and Gana Diop, who signed Wednesday, while also evaluating the summer league team.

Wright, a three-year veteran, spent two complete seasons with New Jersey before coming to Dallas as part of the Jason Kidd trade on Feb. 19. Wright (6-7, 215) averaged a career-high 6.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 22.0 minutes in 56 games last season.

The A&M standout was the 15th overall selection in the 2005 NBA Draft. Wright was the first Aggie in history to be named First Team All-Big 12 and left the Aggies after his junior season as the school’s ninth all-time scoring leader with 1,338 points.

The Mavs roster is now up to 14 with Dirk Nowitzki, Kidd, Jason Terry, Erick Dampier, Howard, Jerry Stackhouse, Brandon Bass, Gana Diop, Green, J.J. Barea, Eddie Jones, Wright, Keith McLeod and James Singleton. Teams are allowed to keep a maximum of 15.

Several summer league players are currently auditioning for a spot, including NBA veteran Richie Frahm. A number of promising rookies, such as Shan Foster, Ronnie Seibutis, Reyshawn Terry and JaJuan Smith, are in the mix.

“There’s a lot to be decided between now and October,” Carlisle said. “We’re looking at everything. We’ll look at trades, this, that and the other.”

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