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Pass or pursue on Dallas Mavericks trade idea: 2. Mavs land Wood

The rebuilding Rockets were in the news this week as it came out that they are hoping to trade John Wall, but do not plan to play him this season. Houston is all-in on giving minutes to their young backcourt of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., and the five-time All-Star has no desire to come off the bench.

Playing the young talent could open the door for the Rockets to trade away Christian Wood. Bleacher Report cooked up this hypothetical deal with Dallas.

The Mavericks would have to make a trade with the Knicks before they could pull the trigger on this deal because of a pick protection from the Kristaps Porzingis deal. Dallas owes New York their first-rounder in 2023, but it is top-ten protected. If it does not convey, it is also top-ten protected in 2024 and 2025, so the Stepien Rule prevents the Mavs from trading a first-rounder until 2027. Dallas would have to remove the protection in 2023 to make this move.

Last season, Wood averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game. He can space the floor and has the versatility to play the four and the five. There are question marks, though. Wood has only played more than 60 games once in his career, including being limited to just 41 last season. Can he stay healthy for a full season and the playoffs?

Verdict: Pass

Wood is an underrated player that would improve the Dallas Mavericks, but the franchise should only be trading away first-round picks if it makes them a title contender. Christian Wood does not move the needle enough.