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Hawks exec says Wright wanted to continue basketball career, perhaps overseas

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COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - A missing persons report released Tuesday includes new details about the person who reported former Memphis Tiger basketball star Lorenzen Wright missing, as well as the two friends who saw him last.

Wright's mother filed the report, saying her son hadn't been seen or heard from since Sunday, July 18. Since then family, friends, and those who are close to Wright have been worried about his disappearance.

While authorities continue to investigate every lead surrounding the disappearance, Arthur Triche, Vice President of Communications for the Atlanta Hawks, spoke Tuesday about the last time he saw Wright in Washington, DC, this past January.

"Happened to run into him at one of the local sports bars," Triche said Tuesday. "Had a good conversation with him. Shot the breeze with him, and recently heard from him over the phone."

Wright played for the Hawks during two different stints in his NBA career, first in 1999-2001 and later again in 2006-2008. Wright once played for the Memphis Grizzlies, and is an alumni of the University of Memphis.

Wright recently fell on difficult personal and financial times, with a divorce and foreclosure on two homes.  According to the police report, a female friend dropped him off at a local restaurant on July 18th, and another friend dropped him off at his ex-wife's Collierville home.

Wright's barber was the last to see him Monday afternoon.

"Obviously the information we've heard over the past few days is a shock to all of us in the NBA family," Triche said.

Despite his many hardships, Triche called Wright a "great guy" who had a lot of goals and aspirations.

"He did express a desire to continue his career," Triche said. "I think the conversation consisted of him going overseas or something like that. But it was around the time when 10 day contracts were available in the NBA, putting on hope that something like that would materialize as well."

While police don't suspect foul play, Wright's family fears something is wrong.  Triche says he's hoping that's not the case.

If you know anything about where Lorenzen Wright might be, call Collierville police at 901-853-3207.

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