Celtics Trade Brandan Wright To Suns For Top-12 Protected Draft Pick


Jan 9, 2015

Brandan Wright’s tenure in Boston was a brief one, to say the least.

The Celtics are finalizing a trade that would send the 6-foot-10 power forward to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for a protected first-round draft pick, league sources told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

UPDATE (6:24 p.m.): The Celtics have confirmed the trade and said they also received a trade exception in the deal.

The pick, which the Suns originally acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves, is top-12 protected in 2015 and 2016, then would become two second-rounders. Given Minnesota’s struggles in recent years, the latter is the most likely option.

Wright’s reported trade comes as no surprise, as Celtics coach Brad Stevens never seemed to find a spot for him in Boston’s crowded frontcourt rotation. Wright averaged just 10.8 minutes per game in eight contests with the Celtics — the fewest of the three players acquired from the Dallas Mavericks last month in the Rajon Rondo deal — and was a healthy DNP for Wednesday night’s win over the Brooklyn Nets.

The Celtics’ moves did not stop there, as Wojnarowski also reported Friday that the team is “nearing an agreement” that would send forward Jeff Green to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Tayshaun Prince and a first-round pick.

Thumbnail photo via Robert Mayer/USA TODAY Sports Images

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