Michael Wright was found dead in the backseat of his car covered with garbage bags. Police ruled his death a homicide on Wednesday.
Wright, 35, was found in the backseat of his car covered with garbage bags. His cause of death is being determined by a coroner. He was reported missing in Bergen County, N.J. in the days leading up to his discovery.
Though police initially suspected Wright may have committed suicide, city officials now rule it a homicide, ESPN New York’s Ian Begley reports.
The Knicks drafted Wright out of Arizona with the 39th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. He never played in the NBA but enjoyed a professional career in Europe from ’01–15. He most recently played with the Cholet Basket club in France.
“He left his French team in February and was planning to go back to Europe and play,” Randolph Berry, Wright’s cousin, told The Chicago Tribune. “The last time I talked to him he thought he had two more years left, he wasn’t planning on retiring.”
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