OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors are getting more for Dorell Wright after all.
The Warriors sent the small forward to the Philadelphia 76ers in a revised three-team trade that netted guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
The Hornets received the draft rights to Edin Bavcic of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Sixers in a salary-slashing move that clears space in a crowded backcourt. Philadelphia also got center Darryl Watkins from New Orleans.
Bavcic was acquired by the Sixers in a trade with Toronto in 2006 and is expected to remain in Europe next season.
The original proposed trade had the Warriors receiving Bavcic for Wright about 24 hours earlier. Instead, the Hornets hopped in the mix to acquire Bavcic — and become the team to shed salary — while handing the Warriors the veteran guard they have wanted this offseason to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
“I guess that tells you how quickly things move in this league,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said by phone. “I think we’re much happier with what is in place tonight than what was in place yesterday. But what was in place yesterday gave us flexibility. Tonight our team got better. Immediately got better.”
The move will clear about $5.5 million in cap space for New Orleans, which is expected to match Phoenix’s four-year, $58 million offer to restricted free agent Eric Gordon. The trade gives the Hornets more money to sign a center and also allows rookie combo guard Austin Rivers, the 10th overall pick out of Duke in last month’s NBA draft, to see more playing time next season.
“This is difficult because Jarrett is a hard worker and his leadership on and off the court will be missed,” Hornets general manager Dell Demps said. “This trade presents an opportunity for our young core to continue to develop.”
The trade took more than a day to complete because of a series of other moves that paved the way for the complicated deal.