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Rockets to sign Brandan Wright

The Rockets make a move in the buyout market.

Houston Rockets v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

During tonight’s win over the Nuggets, sources reported that the Rockets will sign center Brandan Wright to a contract.

Terms of the deal are undisclosed as Wright reached a buyout agreement with the Grizzlies earlier today. Wright had played 27 games for the Grizzlies this season, starting one, and had fallen out of the Grizzlies rotation. With Memphis out of the playoff race, Wright and the Grizzlies agreed to a buyout so he could sign with a contender. At 41-13, the Rockets certainly fit the bill.

Wright stands 6’10” and will be seen as another rim protector and lob recipient for the Rockets should Nene or Clint Capela go down with injury. It remains to be seen whether Wright is complementing Tarik Black or he is usurping his role on the team. If Black is waived in the coming days, this would mean the Rockets see Wright as an upgrade to Black.

Wright was a former lottery pick, chosen with the eighth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Charlotte Bobcats (!!!) but was traded on draft night to the Warriors. Wright also has NBA stints with the New Jersey (!!!) Nets, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and spent the last three seasons with the Grizzlies.

Welcome to Houston, Brandan!