Former Dallas Mavericks who changed teams this offseason: Delon heads D.C.
The Mavs traded for Delon Wright in 2019 to start in the backcourt next to Luka Doncic. They knew they needed a strong perimeter defender and secondary ball-handler. Wright was coming off a strong close to the 2018-2019 season with the Grizzlies, and Dallas had high hopes he would blossom into a full-time starter next to their superstar.
Things never quite worked out for Wright in Dallas. He started two of the first three games before coming off the bench for the rest of the season. The 6’5 guard averaged just 6.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.2 steals in 21.5 minutes per game during his lone season with the Mavericks.
Wright was traded to the Pistons during the 2020 offseason in a deal that brought James Johnson to Dallas.
Delon Wright signed a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards this offseason worth $16 million. The Wizards will be his seventh team since the start of the 2018-2019 season. The 30-year-old is a strong defender, but his limited offensive game prevents him from playing starter’s minutes.
Expect Wright to fill a 20 to 25-minute per-game role with the Wizards this year as he battles Monte Morris for the starting point guard spot.