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Dallas Mavericks 2022 offseason grades

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The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason fresh off their fifth conference finals appearance in franchise history, and their focus was re-signing Jalen Brunson. The 26-year-old became an unrestricted free agent after his breakout fourth NBA season. Dallas had a chance to give him an extension last summer and throughout the season, but they never offered a deal. Little did the Mavericks know it was already too late.

The 2022 offseason did not go as planned for the Mavericks. It started with a no-brainer trade for a talented big man, but things got away from them quickly. Brunson signed with the Knicks, they failed to add a 3-and-D wing or find a replacement ball-handler, and the Mavs head into training camp with just 14 players on their roster and only one of their two-way spots filled.

Training camp begins with media day on Sept. 26, and it appears the Mavericks are done making moves. I held off handing out my grades assuming they would make at least one more transaction, but it does not appear likely in the final days before camp gets underway, so here is a grade for each move before handing out an overall mark for the 2022 offseason.

Dallas Mavericks 2022 offseason grade: Trade for Christian Wood

The Mavs wasted no time in improving their roster as they acquired Christian Wood from the Rockets before the Warriors won the championship. This turned into a three-team deal on draft night as Houston sent the 26th overall pick in the 2022 draft to Minnesota for the 29th overall selection and two second-round picks. Here is a full breakdown of the final trade.

Dallas Mavericks acquire: Christian Wood

Houston Rockets receive: TyTy Washington, Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, Sterling Brown, 2 future second-round picks

Minnesota Timberwolves acquire: Wendell Moore Jr.

Wood averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in his two seasons with the Rockets, and the Mavericks acquired him for four players outside their playoff rotation and a late first-round pick. It was a no-brainer move for Dallas that also cleared a bit of roster space heading into the offseason.

Dallas Mavericks grade for trading for Christian Wood: A-minus

Wood is an outstanding fit in Dallas as a potential stretch five that could take over as their second-leading scorer. The 6’10 forward is a career 38.0 percent 3-point shooter, but he has defensive questions.

This trade was a fantastic move by the front office as the Mavericks acquired a talented big man and cleared roster space for just a late first-round pick. Nico Harrison has pulled off some excellent trades in his first year-plus in Dallas, and this move earns them an A-minus.