The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time in improving their roster after a run to the Western Conference. It happened so fast that Dallas had to wait more than a week just for the trade to finalize. In the deal, the Mavs acquired Christian Wood from the Rockets for Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke, and the 26th overall pick in the 2022 draft.
Houston turned into a three-team deal on draft night when they shipped the draft pick to Minnesota for additional draft capital.
Wood goes from the rebuilding Rockets firmly into contention in Dallas. The 26-year-old has never played in the postseason, and he shared his excitement about joining the Mavericks on social media.
Christian Wood is excited to play for the Dallas Mavericks
Wood took to Twitter after the trade was finalized to express his feelings.
The 6’10 big man wanted to leave Houston to play in the postseason, and he should have his chance in Dallas. During his two seasons with the Rockets, Wood averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game. He figures to be the Mavericks starting center, but do not be surprised to see his numbers come down slightly as he adjusts to playing next to Luka Doncic.
Wood is entering the final seasons of his contract where he is set to earn $14.3 million. Will the Dallas Mavericks look to extend him? Expect the team to take a cautious approach. They will want to see how he fits and what he brings on the defensive end before handing him a massive extension.
Christian Wood is a significant offensive upgrade for the Mavs. He can score, rebound, and space the floor. The upside is there for the 6’10 forward to take his game to the next level. He will be a lob threat that thrives in the pick and roll with Luka. If his defense improves, this trade becomes a steal for the Mavericks.
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