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Brandan Wright
PF/C - 6'10, 210lbs - 36 years old - 11 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2019 season
  • Birthdate: 10/05/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 8th pick, 2007
  • Pre-draft team: North Carolina
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Left
  • Agent: -
2007 NBA DraftNBADrafted 8th overall by Charlotte.
2007 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by Charlotte to Golden State in exchange for Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson (#36).
5th July, 2007NBASigned four year, $10,889,912 rookie scale contract with Golden State. Included team options for 2009/10 and 2010/11.
30th October, 2008NBAGolden State exercised 2009/10 team option.
14th October, 2009NBAGolden State exercised 2010/11 team option.
23rd February, 2011NBATraded by Golden State, along with Dan Gadzuric, to New Jersey in exchange for Troy Murphy and a 2012 second round pick (#35, Draymond Green).
9th December, 2011NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
25th July, 2013NBARe-signed by Dallas to a two year, $10 million contract.
18th December, 2014NBATraded by Dallas, along with Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a protected future first round pick (#16, 2016, Guerschon Yabusele) and a 2016 second round pick (#45, Demetrius Jackson), to Boston in exchange for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell.
9th January, 2015NBATraded by Boston to Phoenix in exchange for a protected future first round draft pick (converted to two second rounders; #35, 2016, Rade Zagorac; #37, 2017, Semi Ojeleye).
9th July, 2015NBASigned a three year, $17,159,640 contract with Memphis.
Career Moves
2006 - 2007North Carolina (NCAA)
June 2007 - February 2011Golden State Warriors (NBA)
February 2011 - June 2011New Jersey Nets (NBA)
July 2011 - December 2014Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
December 2014 - January 2015Boston Celtics (NBA)
January 2015 - June 2015Phoenix Suns (NBA)
July 2015 - presentMemphis Grizzlies (NBA)
Articles about Brandan Wright

September 4, 2018

Wright played for both the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets last year, but after a decade of being a very productive backup, he struggled with both his health and performance. Health problems are nothing new for Wright, who has managed only 68 games over the past three seasons, and only 428 over his 11 year career; a dodgy knee is now the main cause of his repeated absences. In the past, when healthy, he would at least be an athletic paint finisher, lob catcher, shot-blocker and occasional mid-range shooter. If the Brandan Wright of old can be found, he can still be that.

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June 29, 2018

Brandan Wright
PF/C - 6’10, 210lbs - 30 years old - 11 years of experience

When healthy, Wright is a very effective reserve big man who plays within his skill set and does things an opposition cannot really take away. But Wright is never healthy. He managed only one game for the Rockets, and has played only 68 total over the last three years. Even with a decade of good production, then, he still has it all to prove with his knees; he has played only 428 games in 11 years, and is trending further the wrong way.

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June 29, 2017

Brandan Wright
PF/C, 6’10, 210lbs, 29 years old, 9 years of experience

Wright got hurt, because he often gets hurt. As always, when he played, he was very effective, a shotblocker and athlete who dunks everything, runs, rolls, occasionally makes a jump shot, and is too busy bouncing around to rebound. Perhaps it is just due to my eternal problem of overly lauding the play of springy athletic wiry strong back-up big men (see also John Henson and Ed Davis) that is why I speak so fondly of him, but Wright is plenty good, and just needs to get healthy. The injuries make him unreliable, but the talents make him worth waiting on.

Player Plan: One year at $5,955,760 left. When he is healthy, this is a very good value deal, but the price does reflect the injuries. It is probably worth pursuing a trade for Wright, given the lack of other tradeable pieces and the potential of incumbent youth making him expendable.

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December 13, 2013

[...] With one exception: the date becomes Jan. 15 if the player is a Larry Bird or Early Bird free agent who re-signed with his over-the-cap team and received a raise greater than 20% in the first season of his new deal in the process. This applies only to Brandan Wright, Timofey Mozgov, Tony Allen, Nikola Pekovic, Chase Budinger, J.R. Smith and Tiago Splitter.

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July 11, 2010

Brandan Wright

After three years, Brandan Wright has simply been a massive bust. It's not that he's played badly; Wright has a career PER of 18.2, a career true shooting percentage of .574%, and career averages of 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes. The problem instead is that he hasn't played much. Wright missed all of last season with a torn shoulder capsule, and played in only 39 games in his sophomore season after dislocating the same shoulder. He had played in only 38 games in his rookie season, due to a realm of DNP-CD's an insanely inconsistent minutes, and has played only 77 of a possible 246 career games.

With Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf now in New York out of the way, Wright and Ekpe Udoh (not playing in summer league due to injury) should have all the backup big man minutes to themselves. Only another serious injury to Wright should mean Vladimir Radmanovic plays in his place; if both are healthy, it should never happen.

Of course, it's Don Nelson who needs convincing of this, not any of us.

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