The Dallas Mavericks traded a first-round pick and multiple players last summer for someone that they thought would be their fix at big man.
Dallas had been starting Dwight Powell at center, and they needed someone who could protect the rim, defend in space, and provide more support for Luka Doncic and company than Powell.
That led them to trade for Christian Wood, and it seemed like all of the Mavericks fans were ecstatic about the move. He was coming off a season in which he averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban brutally roasts former fan-favorite center?
He seemed like exactly what Dallas needed, and everyone was thrilled to have Wood as the team's new big man. Despite being an extremely talented offensive player, Wood struggled mightily on defense. This caused his minutes to vary sporadically, and his role never seemed defined.
Everyone knew that Wood would be out the door this summer, and he made it obvious that he wouldn't be returning right when the season ended.
This summer, the Mavs organization hasn't been able to keep Wood's name out of their mouths. There have been reports about people within the organization talking about how awful his defense was, and there have even been rumors that Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd never even wanted him.
The newest news about Wood from the Mavericks organization comes from Mark Cuban.
Cuban was on Patrick Beverley's podcast "The Pat Bev Podcast with Rone" and talked about why the Mavs struggled last year.
"We just didn't have a team that was committed to their roles...Once other guys start playing for themselves, or not playing for the team, every mistake you can possibly have is magnified."- Mark Cuban
Cuban stated that this had nothing to do with Kyrie Irving or Doncic, and the only person that this seems like it could be about is Wood.
This is not the best look for the Mavs front office, as they are roasting a player who is indubitably not coming back, and there is no point in doing it. Even though he didn't say Wood's name, this statement was definitely about him.
Christian Wood is still a free agent, and it seems as if he hasn't received any interest for more than the veteran minimum.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding Wood and the Mavs this summer, so stay tuned.