Matthew Wright headed to Japan to play for Kyoto Hannaryz in B.League

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Another Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) star is escaping the coop to play in Japan’s B.League as Fil-Canadian wingman Matthew Wright has signed on to play for Kyoto Hannaryz.

The team announced the massive development on Friday a few days after Wright bid farewell to his one and only PBA team, the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.

"I am excited to embark on this new journey and looking forward to reuniting with coach Roy Rana. I'm eager to help take this team to the next level and build a winning culture with the organization. Thank you to all the supporters and I look forward seeing you at the games," said Wright.

Wright spent six years with the Fuel Masters. He led them to the semifinal round twice and even earned a spot on the league’s Mythical Team in 2020. In his last tour of duty for Phoenix in the Philippine Cup, Wright averaged 15 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.6 steals.

He hopes to lift the Kyoto squad that he is joining to new heights after the team stumbled to a woeful 14-43 mark this past season.

Wright is the latest Filipino to make a move to the B.League after Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena, Dwight Ramos, Bobby Ray Parks and Justine Baltazar.