Rockets sign Brandan Wright, release Bobby Brown
The Houston Rockets have officially signed forward/center Brandan Wright today, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.
The team also released guard Bobby Brown in order to make the necessary room for the signing of Wright, who will help bolster the Rockets’ frontcourt after securing a buyout agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies. Brown was re-signed on Friday, though the move was not announced by the team, given their interest in buyout candidates like Wright.
The Rockets’ plan to ink forward Joe Johnson has not been made possible as the team waited for him to clear waivers following his buyout process with the Sacramento Kings on Sunday.
Wright won’t be available tonight against the Minnesota Timberwolves but will join the team on Wednesday at the earliest, likely creating a chance to make his Rockets debut after the All-Star break, using that time to get acquainted with the coaching staff and some of the players.
The North Carolina product has averaged 7.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game through his 10 NBA seasons, making an efficient 60.7 percent of his shots from the field. He’s put up 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game this season through limited time on the floor.
Houston is hoping to get the most out of his aggressiveness and shot-blocking ability — bolstering the bench with a glass-cleaner that can get shots by ensnaring boards and putting them back up for second-chance field goals.
The 30-year-old had his best season in 2013-14 with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 9.1 points on 67.7 percent from the floor, along with 4.2 rebounds per game.