Wednesday , Mar , 05 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Miami Heat Planning Will Hang on to Dorell Wright

Heat coach Pat Riley already is talking about having Dorell Wright healthy in time for training camp, signaling the team’s interest in making the forward part of its future. Riley, also the team president, said Tuesday he expects the team to re-sign Wright this summer. Wright underwent season-ending knee surgery Monday to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. The 22-year-old will become a restricted free agent this offseason, but the Heat can retain his rights by tendering a $2.4 million qualifying offer by June 30. The Heat has the right to match offers for Wright from other teams.

The 6-7 Wright had been the Heat’s best perimeter defender and was having the best season of his four-year pro career. ‘It’s another setback for our team,’ guard Dwyane Wade said. Wright played in 43 games and started 33, averaging 7.9 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Wright sustained the knee injury early during the second quarter of Sunday’s loss in Sacramento. Click here for more from the Miami Herald.