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The Boston Celtics continued their busy work in the trade market on Friday as center Brandan Wright was shipped to the Phoenix Suns.
The Celtics will receive a protected first-round Draft pick in return which initially belonged to the Minnesota Timberwolves as Phoenix officially announced the deal on Friday night.
According to reports, the pick is protected within the first 12 selections for the next two seasons and then turns into a pair of second-rounders in 2016 and 2017. Boston also created a trade exception worth $5m in the process by sending out Wright’s $5m contract while taking back no salary.
“I have known Brandan since he entered the NBA in 2007,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said.
“He is a person of the highest character who will fit perfectly into our burgeoning Suns culture. We look forward to welcoming him to Phoenix.”
Wright was initially brought in by Boston as part of the deal taking point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks, but he will now provide the Suns with a quality back-up center as they continue to push for a spot in the playoffs this season.
The former eighth-overall pick is averaging 7.5 points on 72.4 percent shooting, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 35 games between the Celtics and the Mavs this season.
Meanwhile, Boston also reportedly secured a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies which will see Jeff Green make the switch to the Western Conference in return for Tayshaun Prince’s expiring contract as well as another first round Draft pick.
The Celtics are understood to now have six first-round Draft picks and 14 overall selections over the next two years as they continue to rebuild their roster and add to the young nucleus that they have already built.