Can Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd get Christian Wood paid?
Coach Kidd may be uniquely positioned to get Wood a massive contract next summer. The Mavericks just made a massive defensive leap, and that is where Wood needs to make his biggest improvements. If the 6’10 forward plays even average defense this season, he will get paid handsomely when he hits free agency.
The Mavs need Wood to buy in, though. Will the 26-year-old accept coming off the bench after two years starting in Houston? Is he familiar with the Mavericks' schemes and willing to play a role in their success? Luka Doncic will be the team’s best player. Can Wood find a way to fit next to the 23-year-old superstar?
Assuming Wood is locked in and takes his game to another level in the first winning situation of his NBA career, he will earn a massive payday this summer. The 26-year-old could be looking for more than $20 million per season, and coach Kidd just got Brunson paid over $25 million each year.
Christian Wood is the Dallas Mavericks' X-factor this season. The team will only go on another deep playoff if every player accepts their role and thrives in it. Can Wood average 20 points and ten rebounds per game, while playing average defense? It is a lot to ask, but coach Kidd will have the entire team locked in and ready by opening night.