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Is there Christian Wood drama bubbling for the Dallas Mavericks?

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The Dallas Mavericks traded for Christian Wood during the offseason. They sent their 2022 first-round pick and four players that were outside their playoff rotation to Houston to acquire the 6’10 big man. It allowed the Mavs to clear some roster space and add a talented piece that was looking to prove he could contribute to a winning squad.

Wood has been up and down in his first six games with the Mavs. So far, he is averaging 16.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game. Head coach Jason Kidd and his staff are bringing C-Wood off the bench, and fans have seen a few incredible performances already.

The 27-year-old raises the Mavs ceiling, and he could be a difference-maker if everyone can figure out his fit next to Luka Doncic, but is there trouble brewing already? Wood has said all the right things, but ESPN’s Tim MacMahon hinted at something on his show Howdy Partners. Here is a closer look.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon makes eye-popping comments about Christian Wood and the Dallas Mavericks

MacMahon and Kevin Pelton were discussing Wood’s role with the Mavs, and the 6’10 forward's belief that he can be an All-Star, despite others around the league being skeptical. Then, the topic shifted to head coach Jason Kidd lighting Wood up in his press conference after the Mavs loss to the Thunder where MacMahon said the following.

"I did think it was strange to basically point the finger at one player for a team-wide meltdown, and I think that is a pretty clear indication that there’s stuff bubbling beneath the surface about his role. If he is not starting and he’s not finishing, it is a tough pill for him to swallow. All those sorts of things."

He continued to discuss Kidd’s press conference from that night, and the team’s improbable loss before MacMahon dropped another headline-worthy quote.

"That was just a rough loss, a strange press conference, and the sort of the thing that pretty clearly indicates that they’ve got some smoothing out to do there. Honestly, J-Kidd’s whole approach with Wood has been very blunt. I feel like he’s trying to break him. Like J-Kidd is trying to say you’re not a star on this team. We don’t look at you as an All-Star caliber player. This is your role, and you need to accept it."

MacMahon closed the segment by saying he could see Wood being anywhere from “Sixth Man of the Year to see you later by Christmas”. I encourage fans to listen to the full conversation here.

How did we get here? The Mavs are off to a 3-3 start to begin the season, despite Luka Doncic scoring 30-plus points in every contest so far. Here is a look at why the Wood drama shouldn’t be a surprise, how the 6'10 big man has done everything right in the media thus far, and what to expect moving forward.

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