Buyout season is about to get fully underway in the NBA now that the trade deadline has passed — a number of players such as Joe Johnson and Marco Belinelli will take a little bit less money to be bought out and jump to new teams, looking to help add depth to playoff squads.
Add Memphis’ Brandan Wright to the list — he is getting bought out and is heading to Houston, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
After he completes a contract buyout with the Memphis Grizzlies, center Brandan Wright is planning to sign with the Houston Rockets for the remainder of the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Wright was finalizing a buyout with the Grizzlies on Friday night, with the Rockets emerging as the leaders once he clears waivers, league sources said. Wright will provide depth at center, joining Clint Capela and Nene on the Rockets, who are contenders in the Western Conference.
Wright has played in just 27 games for Memphis this season, averaging 5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 13.6 minutes when he did get in. Finally healthy after a couple of seasons of injuries, Wright hoped for a bigger role behind Marc Gasol, but he doesn’t fit the Grizzlies’ grinding style.
The Athletic Wright will fit with how Mike D’Antoni wants to play — he’s athletic and can get up and down the court, and he knows how to finish lobs above the rim (something he will see more of in Houston). Capela will get the key minutes, Nene is solid, and Wright provides an extra body to soak up some minutes.