Brandan Wright has been traded to the Phoenix Suns according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Wright was acquired for the Minnesota Timberwolves first-round pick that the Suns acquired in the Hakim Warrick deal. The protections on the deal will most likely have it turn into two second-round picks.
Wright was dealt to the Boston Celtics earlier this season in the Rajon Rondo deal after emerging on the Dallas Mavericks as a great player around the basket. Wright is a high energy shot blocker and rebounder who will bring the Suns a much needed upgrade on the interior. While he's not an elite rim protector, Wright does bring great play on both ends of the court. He led the NBA in FG% last season (68%) and is shooting 72% this season.
Wright only plays for 10-20 minutes a game, but gives you some great play in that time. He averages 16.9 minutes per game this season and is 10th in the NBA in PER. In those low minutes Wright is averaging 7.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 1.3 BPG. He's a very good athlete who will fit in great with the Suns high-paced offense.
Wright gives the Suns a reliable backup center to Alex Len, which does not bode well for Miles Plumlee's future. As his numbers state, Wright is an excellent finisher at the rim and the three point guards will be aware of his positioning on the floor. If any rim protectors want to step out on the Suns slashers they've got a super reliable finisher to dish it off to. He also gives the Suns a big time shot blocking threat and a good rebounder who will consistently work hard.
As for the pick, the Suns already have a boatload of youth in Alex Len, Archie Goodwin, Tyler Ennis, T.J. Warren, and Bogdan Bogdanovic is overseas. Even if the Suns didn't have all that young talent, they still have draft picks. They have own picks this year as well as the Lakers #topfiveprotected first-round pick. There is some value to that Timberwolves pick, but the Suns current situation made this a no-brainer for GM Ryan McDonough.
UPDATE: It's official.