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Suns bolster frontline with acquisition of Wright

Phoenix gives up 2015 first-round pick for the high-flying reserve

POSTED: Jan 9, 2015 6:15 PM ET

By David Aldridge

BY David Aldridge

TNT Analyst


The Phoenix Suns brought center Brandan Wright back to the Western Conference Friday, acquiring the 27-year-old center from the Boston Celtics for a 2015 first-round pick.

Wright Over Casspi

Brandan Wright throws down the big dunk over Omri Casspi off the great feed from Evan Turner.

Wright was in Boston for just a few weeks, after being part of the deal in December that sent Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks. The 7-footer is averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game this season, blocking 1.3 shots per game. He had become a solid contributor at both ends of the court for Dallas.

The first-round pick Phoenix is sending to Boston comes from Minnesota. It is protected for the Timberwolves for picks 1-12 in 2015 and 2016, meaning the Wolves will keep the pick if they get one of the top 12 picks in next June's Draft. If they don't, the pick goes to Phoenix and will then go to Boston. If the Wolves haven't satisfied the deal by 2016, they'll send 2016 and 2017 second-rounders to Phoenix, who will then send those picks to the Celtics.

The Suns believe that Wright is one of the best backup centers in the league, however, and are willing to pay to get him. Phoenix still has its own first-round pick and will get the Lakers' first-rounder in 2015 if the Lakers don't get one of the top five picks in the 2015 Draft.

Boston, meanwhile, continues to amass future Draft picks as GM Danny Ainge builds a war chest of assets from which he will try to make deals for impact players next summer.