Veteran center Brandan Wright has agreed to join the Houston Rockets after being bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies, according to media reports late Friday from Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.
Wright was bought out by Memphis after the Grizzlies were unable to find a suitable trade for him at Thursday’s deadline (including one option that allegedly involved the Rockets). He is averaging 5.0 points (57.6% FG), 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in just under 14 minutes per game with the Grizzlies this season. For his career, Wright averages 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 16.2 minutes per game.
Now 30 years old, the 6-foot-10 Wright has long been known as one of the league’s most athletic centers and a solid shot blocker due to that length. At first glance, his long wingspan would seem to also be an ideal fit for the pick-and-roll scheme in Houston alongside James Harden and Chris Paul, which often leads to lobs for big men.