Lorenzen Wright Biography

( 1975 - )
October 16, 2019
First published on:October 16, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Lorenzen Wright

Date of Birth: 1975, November 4
Age: 44 years old
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet 11 Inch
Birth Name Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright
Birth Place Oxford, Mississippi
Famous Name Lorenzen Wright
Father Herb Wright
Mother Deborah Marion
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Married to Sherra Wright Robinson (m. ?–2010)
Children 7

Lorenzen Wright, born as Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright was an American basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA for Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 1996 NBA draft, Wright was born on November 4, 1975, in Oxford, Mississippi. Lorenzen Wright was born to parents: Deborah Marion and Herb Wright. He had two sisters: Savia Archie and Adriane Harris as well as a brother, Lou Wright.

Aged 34, he went missing on July 18, 2010. Later his body was found having been shot to death. 

Wife- Sherra Wright Robinson

From his marriage with Sherra Wright Robinson, they shared seven children: Lorenzen Wright Jr., Shamar Wright, Loren Wright, Sodia Wright, Lamar Wright, Sierra Wright, and Lawson Wright

Among seven kids, Wright Jr. who was born on April 11, 1995, followed his father's footsteps and is a professional basketball player. He finished his college career playing for Robert Morris University.

Wright's twin son SOURCE: The Press-Enterprise

Furthermore,  his twin sons Shamar and Lamar have committed to play for SIUE Cougars men's basketball team. 

Wright's Wife Pleaded Guilty 

On July 18, 2010, Lorenzen Wright went on missing. As reported by his ex-wife, Sherra Wright Robinson, he left home with drugs with some amount and disappeared since then. Later four days, the family filed a missing report.

Sherra Wright-Robinson, Ex-wife of NBA player Lorenzen Wright SOURCE: Daily Mail

On 28th July, Wright's body was found in a wooded area on Callis Cutoff Road, having been shot to death. Wright's body is buried in Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee.

On November 9, 2017, the police found a gun in a Walnut, Mississippi, lake that is believed to have been used to murder Wright. The following month, on December 15, Wright's ex-wife, Sherra Wright-Robinson, was arrested in California in connection and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lorenzen Wright. 

Wright's ex-wife, Sherra pleaded guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Lorenzen Wright SOURCE: WJLA

Almost after a seven-year-long investigation on Wright's death, police found the guilty and it has been one of the Memphis Police Department's most high-profile unsolved cases. 

On July 25, 2019, Sherra Wright-Robinson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Net Worth 

Wright had earned his wealth widely through the NBA career, playing 13 seasons long. He made more than $55 million from his NBA career. His annual salary at the end of his career was $1,262,275 annually.

The highest wage he received in a year was $7.7 million in 2005.

Salary History:

Season Team Earnings
1996-1997 Los Angeles Clippers $1,480,000
1997-1998 Los Angeles Clippers $1,701,720
1998-1999 Los Angeles Clippers $1,923,000
1999-2000 Atlanta Hawks $4,400,000
2000-2001 Atlanta Hawks $4,950,000 
2001-2002 Memphis Grizzlies $5,500,000
2002-2003 Memphis Grizzlies $6,050,000
2003-2004 Memphis Grizzlies $6,600,000
2004-2005 Memphis Grizzlies $7,150,000
2005-2006 Memphis Grizzlies $7,700,000
2006-2007 Atlanta Hawks $3,250,000
2007-2008 Sacramento Kings $3,250,000
2008-2009 Cleveland Cavaliers $1,262,275
Total Earnings   $55,216,995

Although basketball player had summoned over $55 million during his NBA career, he had burned through most of the money and was almost broke at the time of his death.

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Real Estate Portfolio

In 2005 and 2006, Wright and his wife purchased the vacant land for a combined $750,000. Around the time, the duo sold their former home in Southwind.

Later, the couple socred the custom-built, 12,475-square-foot house, for $1.3 million on the Shelby County Courthouse steps near Raleigh-LaGrange and Reid Hooker roads.

Before, they had a home at 220 Mountain Brook Cove. The two-story mansion consists of 17-room which was completed in 2008 with a $2.7 million construction loan through BankTennessee and dated May 16, 2006. However, the Wrights defaulted on that loan and sold that home back to the bank.

As reported, around 2008, Lorenzen was in need of cash and sold two of his luxury cars to a man named Bobby Cole.

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NBA Career

In the 1996 NBA Draft, Lorenzen Wright was picked seventh overall by the Los Angeles Clippers out of the University of Memphis. After three seasons with Clippers, he switched the Atlanta Hawks in 1999. In 2001, he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies but returned to the Hawks in 2006.


On February 16, 2008, he was traded to the Sacramento along with various other Atlanta players for Mike Bibby.

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