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Celtics Trade Brandan Wright to the Phoenix Suns

Barry Chin/The Boston Globe

Moving day is here for the Boston Celtics.

Brandan Wright is the next Celtic veteran on his way out of town, as the team announced Friday evening that he has been traded to the Phoenix Suns for a conditional draft pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports was first to report the news and has the details about the pick Boston is receving.

The Suns will send the Celtics the 2015 first-round draft pick they own from the Minnesota Timberwolves, sources told Yahoo.The pick is protected from Nos. 1-12 in the 2015 and ’16 drafts. If the Timberwolves hold onto it through both drafts, they will then instead send their 2016 and ’17 second-round picks.

Given the pick protections, it is unlikely the Celtics will actually receive a first-round pick in exchange for Wright. The Timberwolves are in the midst of a rebuild and it will be a major surprise if they improve to the point this or next season where they are not one of the 12 worst teams in the NBA. If that holds true, the Celtics will likely receive two second-round picks in the 30’s in the deal as compensation.

Wright arrived in Boston just three weeks ago, when the team acquired him, Jameer Nelson and Jae Crowder in a trade package for Rajon Rondo.

The 27-year-old was unable to carve out a role for himself during his brief stay in Bosotn. Amid a crowded frontcourt rotation consisting of Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Brandon Bass and Tyler Zeller, Wright played a mere 10.8 minutes per game in eight contests for the Celtics. He did not play during Wednesday’s win over the Brooklyn Nets.

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