Dallas Mavericks’ Brandan Wright Out with Injured Shoulder, Return Uncertain

By Elaine J. Dispo
Brandan Wright, leading scorer of Mavs' '13 preseason opener
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Center/power forward Brandan Wright, who was the Dallas Mavericks’ leading scorer in their NBA preseason opener against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday, cannot play while his left shoulder heals.

This five-year league veteran and two-year Maverick sustained his shoulder injury on Tuesday at practice and did not play on Wednesday when Dallas won on the road versus the Memphis Grizzlies. On Thursday, the MRI on his left shoulder indicated a non-displaced fracture.

What does this mean for Wright and the Mavs?

Even though Wright is foregoing surgery at this time, his return to the floor is not definite. This is not the most settling news for Dallas as No. 34 has been projected to be a key player off the bench after earning a contract worth $10 million for two years.

Following a strong finish to the 2012-13 season, the 6-foot-10 C/F packed on an extra 15 pounds during the offseason from building more muscle to withstand opponents who were much larger in size. His recent weigh-in was 30 pounds greater than his rookie weight.

However, I speculate that more strain on this 2007 eighth overall NBA draft pick’s shoulder resulted from lifting heavier weights, or at least from the history of injury and operation on this same shoulder during his time with the Golden State Warriors.

Hopefully, Wright’s hiatus will not last long, as the Mavericks need him back as a reserve. Take it easy, “Ears,” and we wish you a smooth recovery and need you on the hardwood, “The Human Exclamation Point!”

Elaine Dispo is a Dallas Mavericks writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.

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