Former Memphis basketball player Lorenzen Wright found dead

Memphis ( - Memphis authorities have found the body of former NBA and University of Memphis basketball player Lorenzen Wright, missing since July 19, a media report said Wednesday.

Law enforcement officials discovered the body of Wright in a wooded area in southeast Memphis, police sources confirmed to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Wright was believed to be carrying some amount of cash when he was last seen July 19 in Memphis, and a Collierville police report released Wednesday raised concerns he may be the victim of foul play.

Wright's sister, Savia Archie, told in Memphis last Friday that Wright was last seen when he was expected to leave the city, after flying to Memphis to visit friends and his six children.

Wright was expected to drive back to the Atlanta area with his six children and a friend, after leaving his ex-wife's Memphis-area home, the Commercial Appeal reported.

Wright played in college at Memphis and later for the Grizzlies as a pro. He last played in the league for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2008-09 season.

The Los Angeles Clippers drafted Wright with the seventh overall pick in the 1996 draft. He spent the first three seasons of his NBA career with the Clippers before being traded to the Hawks for two first-round picks, which turned into Quentin Richardson and Chris Wilcox.

In 2001, the Hawks dealt Wright to the Grizzlies, along with Pau Gasol and Brevin Knight, for Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jamaal Tinsley.

He returned to the Hawks in 2006 as a free agent but was on the move again in 2008, traded to the Kings in a six-player deal that netted Atlanta Mike Bibby. Wright signed with the Cavaliers as a free agent before the 2008-09 season.

He had career averages of 7.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.