The Dallas Mavericks made their first move of the offseason as they acquired Christian Wood from the rival Houston Rockets on June 15. The Mavs reached the Western Conference Finals, but they struggled to rebound and protect the rim as they want small in the postseason. Dallas needed to upgrade at the five, and they moved fast to acquire an option as the NBA Finals are still in progress.
Dallas will send the 26th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown, and Marquese Chriss to Houston as part of this deal. The Stepien Rule prevents the Mavericks from trading their first-round pick this year, so this deal will not go into effect until after the draft is complete.
It was a surprising move on multiple fronts, but it has a similar feel to the Kristaps Porzingis trade with the Wizards. How did the Mavericks do in this deal?
Trade grade: Dallas Mavericks acquire Christian Wood from Rockets
Dallas parted with four players that played a total of 99 playoff minutes during their run to the Western Conference Finals and nearly all of those came in garbage time. Losing Boban Marjanovic stinks because he is an all-time great teammate, but the Mavericks gave up virtually zero on-court production in this trade.
General manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison told fans the team was listening to offers on their first-round pick. He found one and jumped at the chance to acquire a talented big man. Here is an in-depth look at the trade before handing out a grade for the Dallas Mavericks acquiring Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets.