The Dallas Mavericks acquired Christian Wood this summer to fill a hole in their roster. They were dominated on the glass in the playoffs, and the Mavs need someone that can both space the floor and grab rebounds. Wood offers that, and he should be as motivated as ever for his first opportunity to play postseason basketball in the NBA.
The Mavericks traded their 2022 first-round pick and four players that were outside their playoff rotation to acquire the 6’10 forward. It was a shocking deal that happened before the NBA Finals concluded. Things did not become official until after the draft, but the Mavs wasted no time in acquiring Wood.
The 26-year-old is embracing his new team and city. He showed up at the Mavericks hoop camp on Aug. 4 where he talked with reporters about his goal for next season.
Christian Wood visits Dallas Mavericks hoops camp: Talks goal for next season
In case fans were wondering what Wood was thinking about next season, he sent out the following Tweet on Thursday.
He was also interviewed by local media about the transition from Houston, and what he thought about joining the Mavericks. See his quote below after being asked how he felt about his new team so far.
"Happy to be here. It’s a great opportunity for me, for this organization to try to take that next step. I just want to win games, and my main objective is to try to get to the finals."
Wood also noted that he “loves the city”, and he seemed genuinely excited about his opportunity to play for the Mavericks. He shared a Tweet from the team’s social media on his personal account showing fans his support.
Christian Wood has the potential to be a game-changing acquisition for the Mavericks. He averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.0 block per game during his two seasons with the Rockets. If Wood puts it all together, he could be an All-Star this season. The 6’10 forward is excited about his chance with the Mavericks, and he is playing for a contract.
Christian Wood just wants to win. He has never played in an NBA playoff game, and he wants to help the Dallas Mavericks take another step forward in his first season with the team. Wood needs to lock in on defense, sink his open looks, and keep up the scoring to help the Mavs reach his goal. Can he do it? Stay tuned to find out.