In the final day of his 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chris Wright finally got a chance to show the team what he can do in game action.
Wright played 26 minutes in Milwaukee’s 124-107 blowout loss to Sacramento on Sunday, scoring nine points with four rebounds and three assists. In a game in which the Bucks were never in and trailed by as many as 40, Wright was one of the few players who brought energy and effort.
"I like what I saw," Bucks coach Larry Drew said. "We were just in there talking about it. Watching Chris play, he really gives us something that we don’t have."
Signed on March 14, the former University of Dayton star had appeared in just one game with the Bucks prior to Sunday. Wright played seven minutes and scored three points in a 115-94 loss in New York on March 15.
The 6-foot-9 forward played in 24 games with Golden State in the 2011-12 season, averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds over 7.8 minutes per game. Wright only had played more than 26 minutes in an NBA game twice prior, both coming in the final two games of his year with the Warriors.
Wright played 27 minutes and scored five points and seven rebounds on April 24, 2012. He had a career night two days later, scoring 25 points with eight rebounds and two blocks in a career-high 46 minutes against San Antonio.
"He’s got a little size to him, real bouncy, real athletic," Drew said. "I thought he did a really good job. I’ve said all along one of the things we want to bring is guys that have energy and bounce to them. He certainly fits that bill. He’s an athlete."
The Bucks signed Tony Mitchell to a 10-day contract to initially fill the roster spot vacated by the buyout of Caron Butler but let the former Alabama forward go to sign Wright. Drew has said the team wanted to take a look at a variety of players on 10-day deals the rest of the way, which could mean bad news for Wright.
"No decision yet," Drew said when asked if the Bucks will sign Wright to a second 10-day contract. "We’re going to talk about it once I go in the back there."