Report: Brandan Wright to reach buyout with Grizzlies, sign with Rockets

By Matthew Cardenas on February 9, 2018
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Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports has reported that center Brandan Wright will sign with the Rockets. Wright will reach a buyout agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies after being with them since 2015. He is currently averaging 5 PPG and 3.6 RPG on 57.6 percent shooting while playing 13 minutes a night. Wright has only appeared in 27 games this season and 40 games combined the past two seasons due to various injuries.

Wright has bounced around the league since 2010, having stints with the Warriors, Nets, Mavericks, Celtics, Suns and Grizzlies. His best days were with the Mavericks, averaging 9.1 PPG and 4.2 RPG on 67.7 percent shooting in the 2013-14 season. We know the potential and production is there with Wright, but injuries have gotten in the way of a healthy season. Wright has never appeared in more than 64 games in a season.

The acquisition of Wright is the first signing for the Rockets in the buyout market. There is the possibility of another signing to be done as well. They will not have to waive anyone with there still being an open roster spot. However, it is possible the team will waive someone in order to make roster room and sign another player in the buyout market. The Rockets have also been in the mix for Tony Allen and Joe Johnson, with Brian Windhorst saying on The Jump the Rockets are the favorites to land Johnson.

Wright is a perfect fit as a lob threat alongside Chris Paul and James Harden. A player with his length and athleticism could thrive in this system. Adding another rim protector is key for the upcoming postseason run. For the immediate future, this could help Nene take more nights off and be even more fresh for the playoffs. While the Warriors and Rockets could play a lot of small ball if they meet in the playoffs, the Rockets could counter that with having Wright on the floor. Because of his athleticism, he could really pay off for the Rockets.

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