According to a report from Yahoo! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies have agreed to a 3-year, $18 million deal with forward Brandan Wright.
Wright played for the Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns last season and was a key part of two trades. The 6-foot-10 big man is known for his play in both pick and roll offense and defense, where he excels. Wright also consistently finishes near the top of NBA leaderboards in Player Efficiency Rating, a stat created by Grizzlies vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger.
Wright averaged 7.4 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 64% from the field.
The deal likely closes the door on negotiations with Grizzlies backup center Kosta Koufos, who should command a larger deal. Koufos was one of the most effective backup big men in the league last season and looks to make a hefty salary after deals to lesser big men have exceeded numbers like $5 million per year.
Wright is from Nashville, TN and the only player in state history to win Mr. Basketball three times. Wright led Brentwood to four consecutive state championships, beating Marc Gasol's Lausanne team in the process.
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