Dallas Mavericks most likely to be traded this season: 2. Christian Wood
The Mavs traded a late first-round pick and four players that were outside their playoff rotation to acquire Wood this offseason, but they will quickly have to decide on what to do with the 6’10 forward.
Wood averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game in his two seasons with the Rockets, but Houston was one of the worst teams in the NBA. The 27-year-old has never played in a playoff game, and the Mavericks are his eighth NBA team in eight years. Wood is looking to prove he can contribute to a winning team.
The 6’10 forward is on a $14.3 million expiring contract, so Dallas has until the trade deadline to decide what they want to do with C-Wood long-term. They are not offering him an extension until they see how he fits, but that could bite them as the Jalen Brunson situation did.
If Wood is playing well and will not sign an extension, the Mavs could look to flip the 27-year-old at the deadline to ensure they get something in return. Christian Wood will have to prove that he can defend in their system and be their second-leading scorer if he wants an extension offer from the Dallas Mavericks, but if he does, he could choose to head into free agency believing he may sign for $20-plus million per year. C-Wood’s extension talks are something to watch this season.