Body of former NBA player found

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MEMPHIS -- The body of Lorenzen Wright, who had been missing since last week, has been found by law enforcement officials.

According to The Commercial Appeal, the body of Wright, a former Memphis basketball star and NBA player, was found in a wooded area in southeast Memphis. The paper cited a law enforcement source, who confirmed the body was Wright's.

The paper reports Wright was last seen around 2 a.m. on July 19, leaving his ex-wife's home. The report also said the Memphis Police Department will not officially comment, while police have referred to it as a death investigation.

Wright starred for two seasons in the mid-1990s before entering the NBA as the seventh overall selection in the 1996 draft. Wright, 34, played for 13 seasons with the Clippers, Hawks, Grizzlies, Kings and Cavaliers.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Lorenzen Wright," the Grizzlies said in a statement. "We lost a member of the Grizzlies family. Lorenzen delighted fans on the court with his passion and off the court with his generosity in a Memphis community that watched him grow throughout his playing career at Booker T. Washington High School, the University of Memphis and the NBA.

"In his five seasons with the Grizzlies, Lorenzen played an integral role in guiding this franchise to three consecutive playoff appearances and was a member of the inaugural Memphis Grizzlies team in 2001.

"On behalf of the entire Memphis Grizzlies organization, we would like to express our sincerest condolences to Lorenzen's family during this difficult time."


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