The Houston Rockets will release forward/center Brandan Wright, who has been marred by knee issues and unable to return to health, according to Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle.
The Rockets plan to sign former Oklahoma State product Le'Bryan Nash to the open roster spot. Nash plays for the Rockets G League affiliate Rio Grande Valley Vipers — and while he isn't part of the Rockets immediate plans, the move could grant them potential future Bird rights to his services.
Nash's contract is non-guaranteed for next season, which could potentially set him as a trade chip, if Houston chose to use him as such.
Wright played only one game after being one of the two free agents signed by the Rockets after the trade deadline, along with Joe Johnson, both securing buyouts from their respective former teams.
The soreness in his right knee caused the Rockets to shut him down ever since, and even after his release, the big man will undergo a procedure that will help him strengthen the knee, as well as proceed with his recovery after going under the knife.
The Rockets had hoped Wright could back up Clint Capela at center, but ever since Ryan Anderson has come back from his own injury, he's been deployed as Capela's backup as a stretch-five, instead of the likes of Nene or Tarik Black.