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Lorenzen Wright Found Dead: Ex-NBA Player Was Missing


In this Sept. 29, 2008, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Lorenzen Wright poses at the NBA basketball team's media day in Independence, Ohio. Relatives and friends of Wright gathered Wednesday, July 28, 2010, and grieved for the former NBA player who has been missing for 10 days, as police investigated the discovery of a man's body outside of Memphis. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

After been missing for 10 days, former NBA player, Lorenzen Wright, was found dead in Tennessee.


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His body was found in the wooded area of Hacks Cross and Winchester Road just 15 miles from Memphis on Wednesday. Sources say that the body had several gunshot wounds.

Wright’s family filed a missing person report on July 22. He was last seen on July 18 when he was expected to fly out of town.


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According to the Commercial Appeal, police are investigating a 911 hangup from Wright’s cellphone made on July 19.

Wright, 34, played 13 years in the NBA on a variety of teams including the LA Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and ending his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-2009 season.

He left the University of Memphis early to head to the NBA. In 1996 he was drafted 7th overall by the Clippers. In 778 career games he averaged 8 points and 6.4 rebounds.

“I cried. The emotions hit me immediately. It’s just sad because we lost a good person and a brother,”  said former NBA star Penny Hardaway who played at Memphis two years before Wright.

According to reports, Wright was experiencing financial problems and his house had been foreclosed on in May.

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