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7/10/2013 8:16:53 PM
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PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers formally signed free agent small forward Dorell Wright and acquired centre Robin Lopez and forward Thomas Robinson in trades, sealing three of several deals the team struck last week.

The Blazers got Lopez in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Sacramento that sent guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings.

Lopez averaged 11.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.56 blocked shots in 82 starts last season with the Pelicans.

"Robin is a starting-calibrecentre coming off the best year of his career," Blazers general manager Neil Olshey said in a statement. "He fills a void at a position we made a priority this off-season, and his size, ability to protect the rim and emerging offensive game are all key elements in achieving our goal of having more of a presence in the paint on both ends of the floor this season."

Portland also acquired guard Terrel Harris from the Pelicans in exchange for the draft rights to Jeff Withey, future second-round draft picks and cash.

The Blazers obtained Robinson in a trade with Houston for the rights to Kostas Papnikolaou and Marko Todorovic, as well as two future second-round picks.

Robinson was the fifth overall pick in last year's draft by the Sacramento Kings but he was dealt to Houston in a February trade. He played in 70 total games last season, averaging 4.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 15.1 minutes.

"He is an elite athlete and brings a unique set of physical tools to our roster. He has the potential to be one of the best young power forwards in the league and his development will be a priority for us," Olshey said.

Robinson is expected to join the Blazers' Summer League team, which opens play on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Wright, a nine-year NBA veteran, averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers last season.

He reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $6 million. The deal could not be completed until Wednesday under NBA rules.

The Blazers on Wednesday also announced the signing of guard Allen Crabbe, the 31st pick out of California acquired by Portland in a draft night trade.

Crabbe averaged 15.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in three seasons with the Golden Bears.

Portland has scheduled a news conference for Thursday afternoon at the team's practice facility.

With the exception of Lopez, who will likely start, the moves were generally lauded as adding depth to Portland's bench. The Blazers lacked depth last season when they lost their last 13 games to finish 33-49 and out of the playoffs for the second straight season.

Dorell Wright (Photo: Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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