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What do Dallas Mavericks need to add after Christian Wood trade?

Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood, Dorian Finney-Smith
Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood, Dorian Finney-Smith / Tim Heitman/GettyImages
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The Dallas Mavericks had a year full of surprises. It started immediately after they were knocked out of the playoffs in 2021 with Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle leaving the organization after more than three decades of combined service. The Mavs hired Nico Harrison to run their basketball operations and Jason Kidd as head coach. Then, there was the out-of-nowhere Kristaps Porzingis trade followed by a run to the conference finals.

Harrison pulled off another surprising trade on June 15 as the Mavericks sent out four players and the 26th overall pick in the 2022 draft to acquire Christian Wood. Dallas needed an upgrade at the five, and Wood gives them another talented scorer and floor spacer.

The Mavericks entered the offseason with clear needs to improve their roster. Acquiring Christian Wood filled one of their holes, but what else does Dallas need to become a title contender next season.

What do Dallas Mavericks need to add after Christian Wood trade?

The team’s biggest issue in the postseason was rebounding. The Mavericks averaged the second-fewest rebounds per game, and they were outrebounded by 154 boards in their 18 postseason games combined.

Wood averaged 9.9 rebounds per game during his two seasons in Houston. The 6’10 big man is an offensive force that can space the floor and rebound the ball. His ability to get buckets and knockdown jumpers are unique, but Wood must improve his defense to become a key piece of the Mavericks' success next season.

Trading four players for one opens up roster spots, and here is a look at what the Dallas Mavericks need to add this offseason after the Christian Wood deal.

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