Brandan Wright defends
Dec 21, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Norris Cole (30) shoots the ball as Boston Celtics forward Brandan Wright (12) defends in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reuters

With the tough Western Conference getting tougher by the day, the Phoenix Suns are left with no choice but to improve their roster. They hoped to keep up with the improving West squads by acquiring forward-centre Brandan Wright from the Boston Celtics on Friday night sending a future pick to their trade partners.

The official deal states that the Celtics will receive a Suns’ first round pick which is protected for selections from no. 1 through 12 in 2015 and 2016 and carries over to a couple of second rounders after those seasons if the conditions aren’t met. Phoenix will receive Brandan Wright, who was just recently traded and was part of the deal that sent Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.

The exchange means that Phoenix will have an additional big man in Wright, who is one of the most efficient players in the league during his time in Dallas. Wright will join a Suns’ team with a thin forward-centre rotation of Alex Len, Markieff Morris and Miles Plumlee and he’s expect to get minutes in this line-up.

The Suns’ strength has been their point guard and wing depth with players like Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, P.J. Tucker and Marcus Morris all getting major minutes at those spots. Wright’s addition easily complements the largely offensive-minded crew. Wright saw limited floor time with Boston but with Dallas he averaged 8.8 points on 74.8 field goal percentage, 4.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 18.7 minutes per game in 27 outings with the Mavericks.

For Boston, the trade is seen as part of their rebuilding process; they shave off Wright’s salary ($5 million) and at the same time get a future pick or picks to add more prospects in the coming years.

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