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Brandan Wright agrees to 3-year, $18 million deal with Grizzlies

The big man returns to his home state to plug a gap as a reserve center for Memphis.

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Free agent big man Brandan Wright has agreed to a 3-year, $18 million deal with the Grizzlies, reports Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski.


Wright hit free agency this summer after spending the 2014-15 season with three different teams. He began the year with the Dallas Mavericks, then got traded to the Boston Celtics as part of the Rajon Rondo deal. After just eight games with the Celtics, Wright was traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he played out the remainder of the two-year, $10 million deal he originally signed with Dallas in 2013.


Wright is a solid two-way player who has struggled to really find his place in the league. The past few years saw him settle in as an effective big off the bench in Dallas, yet the Mavericks didn't hesitate to move him once the chance to acquire Rondo arose. The same goes for his brief time in Boston. With a career PER of 20.6, Wright has a track record of efficient play, but we're still waiting to see if he can be more than a solid third big with durability issues.


The Grizzlies are expected to lock up Marc Gasol quickly, and have Zach Randolph under contract. With Kosta Koufos available in free agency, Wright slides in as the third big man. Koufos will now almost assuredly find another team. In the brutal West where depth means everything, Wright should be able to play substantial minutes. He also provides some rare athleticism for the brawny Memphis frontline.