Regrading Dallas Mavericks GM Nico Harrison’s trade for Christian Wood
The Mavs reached the conference finals, but they were not satisfied. Harrison made another trade before the Warriors even wrapped up the championship last season. Dallas needed a frontcourt upgrade after being dominated on the boards in the postseason, so they immediately made a deal for a strong rebounder.
Dallas Mavericks acquire: Christian Wood
Houston Rockets land: Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown, Marquese Chriss, and 26th overall pick in 2022 NBA Draft
Boban is the only piece of this trade still in Houston, which shows fans how little the Mavericks gave up. Basically, they traded a late first-round pick for Wood and roster flexibility. The 6’10 forward averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block during his two seasons in Houston. He is a talented big man, but can he produce those numbers on a winning team?
Dallas Mavericks regrade for Christian Wood trade: A
Finding a way to acquire a player capable of averaging a 19-point double-double every night for a late first-round pick is always smart business. Will Wood fit in Dallas? Does he become a long-term piece or leave in the summer of 2023? Those questions are yet to be answered, but he is an immediate talent upgrade. This trade also created room for the Mavs to add JaVale McGee and re-sign Theo Pinson.
It was another wise move by Nico Harrison and the Dallas Mavericks front office, and it did not stop them from getting the player they wanted in the draft.