Published: Jul 29, 2010 11:10 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 30, 2010 4:30 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tennesse (AP) — Authorities say that former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, whose body was found in a wooded area outside of Memphis, was shot to death.

Memphis police said Thursday that the Shelby County medical examiner's office reported that Wright died of a gunshot wound.

Family members had said Wednesday that police told them Wright's body had been found but authorities wouldn't immediately confirm it.

Wright is a 34-year-old Memphis native and was last seen around midnight on July 18. His family filed a missing person report with police on July 22.

Wright played 13 years in the NBA with five different teams including the Memphis Grizzlies. Wright left the University of Memphis early for the NBA, and the Clippers made him a lottery pick with the No. 7 selection overall.