Friday , Sep , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Heat exercise options on Simien and Wright

Miami, FL Sports Network) – The Miami Heat on Friday exercised options on
forward Wayne Simien and guard Dorell Wright. Terms of the deals were not
disclosed per team policy.

The defending champion Heat selected Simien in the first round — 29th overall
— in the 2005 NBA draft and the 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward averaged 3.4
points and two rebounds a game in 43 contests last season.

Wright, meanwhile, averaged just 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists in
23 games last year. Miami drafted the 6-foot-8, 205-pound guard 19th overall
in the 2004 draft.

Wright had his fourth year rookie scale option exercised while Simien’s was
his third year option, meaning both players will be with the club through the
2007-08 season.