The Dallas Mavericks acquired Christian Wood in a surprising trade on Wednesday evening. The 6’10 big man fills the Mavs need at the five and offers an intriguing offensive skill set to pair with Luka Doncic.
Dallas traded four players and their 2022 first-round pick to land Wood. Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Marquese Chriss, and Trey Burke all head to Houston in this trade as the Mavericks opened up some roster space to make further upgrades this offseason.
Where do the Mavs go from here? They have 11 players under contract but re-signing two others remains important to the front office. Tim MacMahon shared the team’s rumored three priorities for the offseason following the Wood trade.
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks have 3 offseason priorities after Christian Wood
MacMahon notes that re-signing Jalen Brunson remains at the top of their list. General manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison let fans know that during the team’s exit interviews, and the Mavericks remain hopeful they can get a deal done with the unrestricted free agent.
Number two on their list is adding a wing that will be part of the team’s postseason rotation. Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock were heavily taxed this year as the team’s only two trusted wings, and it forced both to play north of 38 minutes per game in the playoffs. Dallas needs another option on the wing to lighten their workload.
Third on the priority list is bringing back Theo Pinson. The Mavericks traded away a key locker room piece in Boban Marjanovic to acquire Wood, so keeping Pinson became more important. He was on a two-way contract this year, but he is no longer eligible for that type of deal because he has played four seasons in the NBA. Pinson will sign a standard contract and be part of the team’s 15-man roster next season.
Can the Dallas Mavericks accomplish all three priorities they have following the Christian Wood trade? Finding another impactful wing will be difficult, especially with the team’s limited assets, but GM Nico Harrison has done a fantastic job since joining the Mavs last summer, so do not count them out.