Wednesday , Aug , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hawks feel right about Wright again

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – The Atlanta Hawks signed free agent center
Lorenzen Wright to a contract, the terms of which remain unreleased.

Wright averaged 5.8 points and 6.9 rebounds in 78 games last season, capping a
five-year stint with the Memphis Grizzlies. He posted 9.1 points per game and
5.8 rebounds per game with a career-high 12.4 scoring average in his final of
two seasons for Atlanta from 1999-2001. Wright owns career averages of 8.8
points and 6.9 rebounds (.460 FG%) over 10 NBA seasons.

“Lorenzen’s addition really upgrades our frontcourt,” Hawks executive vice
president and general manager Billy Knight said, “as we become significantly
better at that spot than we were a year ago. He’s a familiar name to our fans
from his previous stint here, and he is capable of playing multiple positions
for us. In addition, Lorenzen also provides us with a physical presence in
the paint along with Zaza (Pachulia) and Esteban (Batista) as we get ready for
the upcoming season.”

The Hawks formerly acquired Wright in exchange for two first-round draft picks
in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers on August 8, 1999. He was originally
drafted by the Clippers in 1996 (sixth overall).