After three years, Brandan Wright has simply been a massive bust. It's not that he's played badly; Wright has a career PER of 18.2, a career true shooting percentage of .574%, and career averages of 16.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per 36 minutes. The problem instead is that he hasn't played much. Wright missed all of last season with a torn shoulder capsule, and played in only 39 games in his sophomore season after dislocating the same shoulder. He had played in only 38 games in his rookie season, due to a realm of DNP-CD's an insanely inconsistent minutes, and has played only 77 of a possible 246 career games.
With Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf now in New York out of the way, Wright and Ekpe Udoh (not playing in summer league due to injury) should have all the backup big man minutes to themselves. Only another serious injury to Wright should mean Vladimir Radmanovic plays in his place; if both are healthy, it should never happen.
Of course, it's Don Nelson who needs convincing of this, not any of us.
[...] With one exception: the date becomes Jan. 15 if the player is a Larry Bird or Early Bird free agent who re-signed with his over-the-cap team and received a raise greater than 20% in the first season of his new deal in the process. This applies only to Brandan Wright, Timofey Mozgov, Tony Allen, Nikola Pekovic, Chase Budinger, J.R. Smith and Tiago Splitter.
Note: Non-US teams that the player
has played for are, unless stated otherwise, from the top division in
that nation. If a league or division name is expressly stated, it's not
the top division. The only exceptions to this are the rare occasions where
no one league is said to be above the other, such as with the JBL/BJ League
split in Japan.