Former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was found murdered, the Memphis Commercial Appeal initially reported. He was 34.

The former first round draft pick, who played in the league for 13 years, disappeared on July 19, leading to his family filing a missing report on July 22. Just days later, Memphis police informed the media that they were investigating the death of an unidentified corpse found in a wooded area not far from downtown Memphis. The Commercial Appeal reported on July 29 that the victim was confirmed as Wright. reported that a source confirmed that Wright suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the Commercial Appeal reports that police sources say Wright made a 911 call from his cell phone but hung up. Before the call ended, however, at least 10 gunshots were heard.

Other reports suggest Wright, the father of six children, was currently experiencing financial troubles and that his home was foreclosed in May. Police say they are continuing the investigation of his death.

“Lorenzen’s family has come together to mourn his loss and honor his legacy,” said Wright’s cousin, Camella Logan, in a statement issued to The Associated Press. “We appreciate your thoughts, prayers and condolences as they are comforting at this very difficult time. Additionally, we ask that you please respect our privacy as we try to cope with his sudden loss.”

A native of Memphis, Wright attended the University of Memphis before leaving school early to be selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the seventh overall pick in the 1996 draft. Throughout his career, he played for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played in nearly 800 games, averaging eight points and 6.4 rebounds per game.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor