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Rebuilding Celtics send forward Brandan Wright to Suns

January 10, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns made a move to beef up their front line Friday by acquiring Brandan Wright from the Boston Celtics for a protected first-round draft pick.

The 6-foot-10 (2.08 meter) forward averaged 7.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 35 games this season for Dallas and Boston.

The former first-round draft pick is in his seventh NBA season. Wright came to Boston in the Dec. 18 trade that sent guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas.

The draft pick, originally Minnesota’s, is top-12 protected in 2015 and 2016. If the pick is not used by 2016, then the Timberwolves would instead give up their second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.

The Suns also waived forward Tony Mitchell, acquired in a trade with Detroit on Dec. 24.

Wright was an attractive acquisition partly because he has a $6 million contract that expires after this season.

Phoenix has a guard-heavy lineup that can use some inside strength.

“The way Dallas played last year is somewhat similar to what we play — being in the open court and pick and rolls,” Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. “Brandan does a great job of rolling to the basket and catching the ball and either dunking it or he’s got a little jumper, so he can shoot it.”

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