Free agent FC Wright signs with Hawks

Updated: August 30, 2006, 2:14 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Lorenzen Wright signed a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, giving the team more depth at center.

 Lorenzen Wright
Wright

Wright, who signed for about $3 million per year, averaged 5.8 points and 6.9 rebounds with the Memphis Grizzlies last season. The 10-year veteran returns to the Hawks, having played for the team from 1999-2001.

He became expendable when the Grizzlies re-acquired forward-center Stromile Swift from Houston.

A free agent, Wright agreed to sign with Atlanta about a month ago, but the deal could not be completed until forward Al Harrington went to the Indiana Pacers for a first-round draft pick last week.

Wright averaged a career-best 12.4 points for the Hawks in the 2000-01 season. He returns as a backup to young starting center Zaza Pachulia.

Having missed the playoffs for seven straight years, the Hawks have had a quiet offseason as they sort out their ownership situation. They drafted Duke forward Shelden Williams and signed free agent guard Speedy Claxton.

The Associated Press and SportsTicker contributed to this report.