Dorell Wright is elated about his role with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The 6-foot-9 forward added that he has no hard feelings that the 76ers did not attempt to re-sign him last summer. Wright averaged 9.2 points last season, his only one as a Sixer, before becoming a free agent.

"You see what direction [the Sixers] were going in," Wright said before Saturday night's game against his former team at the Wells Fargo Center. "That was not in my plans at all.

"So I had to go to a situation that was good, not only for me but my family. I'm happy where I am now."


With Portland, Wright was averaging just 4.9 points and 14.2 minutes a game before Saturday.

"I don't [care] how many minutes I'm playing as long as we are winning," he said. "I could care less if I was playing 40 minutes a night on a losing team. That doesn't make any sense."

Better as a starter

One could make a legitimate argument that 76ers point guard Tony Wroten should be a full-time starter. The only problem is that he would have to be moved off the ball, because Michael Carter-Williams has proven that he's the Sixers' point guard of the future. But Wroten has averaged 19 points, 5.3 assists, and 5.0 rebounds as the starting point guard in the nine games Carter-Williams missed before Saturday night.

Wroten finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in his first start, a 123-117 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets on Nov. 13. He became the first player in NBA history to post a triple-double in his first start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Road woes

A lot of attention has been paid to the Sixers' 10-game road losing streak. They also struggled to win away from the Wells Fargo Center last season. The Sixers went 11-30 in road games in 2012-13. They haven't posted a winning road record since finishing 23-18 in 2002-03.