Why did the Dallas Mavericks acquire Christian Wood now?
The Mavs' biggest hole in the postseason was at the five. They had their most success going small and spacing the floor around superstar Luka Doncic. That meant Maxi Kleber playing massive minutes at center in the postseason, and he was just a bit overtaxed in that role.
The Mavericks had issues on the glass throughout their playoff run. They averaged 36.5 rebounds per game, which was the second-lowest among the 16 playoff teams, and Dallas was outrebounded 811 to 657 over their 18 postseason games in 2022. Dallas clearly needed an upgrade at the five, and they jumped on the chance to acquire one.
This trade also gives the Mavericks some roster flexibility heading into transaction season. Before the move, they had 14 players under contract. The team wanted to re-sign both Jalen Brunson and Theo Pinson, but they only had one open roster spot. GM Nico Harrison needed to create some space, and he did it by trading four players at the backend of the roster to the Rockets for Wood.
The Mavericks sent their first-round pick to Houston to land Christian Wood, so what will the 6’10 big man bring to Dallas? Here is a closer look.