Will the Dallas Mavericks trade Christian Wood before the deadline?

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The Dallas Mavericks had a chance to extend Jalen Brunson before last season to a four-year deal worth just over $55 million, but they wanted flexibility in case a blockbuster trade came along. By the time, Dallas was ready to offer the extension, JB outplayed the deal, and he ultimately left in free agency with the Mavs getting zero return.

To fill the scoring void left by Brunson, Dallas traded for Christian Wood. The 27-year-old forward has taken some time to get comfortable in the Mavericks’ schemes, but he is playing his best basketball since moving into the starting five on Dec. 17. Wood is in the final year of his contract and just became eligible for a four-year extension worth $77 million.

There are some massive questions surrounding what the Mavericks do from here. Do they extend Wood and keep him long-term? Can the two sides work out a deal that helps the team in the short term and makes C-Wood tradeable if need be? Will Dallas trade him if the two sides cannot work out an extension? Here is a look at why an extension is unlikely before diving into what the front office will do before Feb. 9.

Dallas Mavericks have interest in a short extension but does Christian Wood?

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon has said on multiple platforms that the Mavs have interest in a shorter extension with C-Wood. The 6’10 big man has said all the right things since joining the team, but is he willing to leave a few years on the table to stay in Dallas? Fans can hear MacMahon talking about Wood and his potential extension below.

A Christian Wood extension seems unlikely at this point. If the two sides cannot work out a new deal, he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Do the Mavericks gamble they won't lose him for nothing, like they did Brunson, or does the front office trade him before Feb. 9?