Hot off the 2006-2007 "We Believe" playoff run, the Warriors traded up to snag Brandan Wright with the eighth pick in the draft in exchange for starting shooting guard Jason Richardson. Rumors swirled of whether Wright was just a trading piece for a packaged deal for someone else or actually drafted for his services.
It was unclear from jump whether Wright had a future on this team and it is even more unclear today as the Warriors did not offer an extension to the fourth year power forward.
Wright has played well in limited minutes this season so far, showing off last night versus the Los Angeles Lakers his soft touch around the basket in lieu of 11 points on 5-6 shooting. He displayed a quick release jump hook from 5 feet out that was impossible to defend due to his length, an extension that looks as if Wright is touching the sky.
But Wright had some bitter words towards the Warriors franchise about his uncertain future, reports San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons:
"I hope I'm around to allow my talents to flourish," the 23-year-old said prior to Sunday's game against the Lakers. "At the same time, if they don't want me, I'm ready to move forward with another team and come back and burn them.
"I want to play, but there is also a comfort level with this team and this area. It would be tough to walk away."