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Dallas Mavericks trade grade: Acquire Christian Wood from Rockets

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Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood
Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood, Spencer Dinwiddie / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Grading the Dallas Mavericks trade to acquire Christian Wood from the Rockets

The Mavericks traded four players that did not crack their playoff rotation and the 26th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft for Christian Wood, who is on a $14.3 million expiring contract. Dallas created some roster flexibility to make more moves this summer and took an upside shot on a talented big man that should be in the middle of his prime.

If things do not work with Wood in Dallas, the Mavericks can let him walk in free agency next summer or use him as a piece in a trade. 6’10 big men that can shoot north of 37 percent from 3-point range do not just grow on trees. Wood has a skill set that will always have teams interested in acquiring his services.

Dallas Mavericks trade grade for acquiring Christian Wood: A-minus

Nico Harrison once again did a fantastic job on the trade market. He sent four players that Dallas did not need and a late first-round pick that was a total lottery ticket to Houston for a talented big man that could see his value could go up playing off Luka Doncic.

Wood is the lob target and floor spacing four/five Dallas was searching for, but head coach Jason Kidd will have to get him to buy in on the defensive end of the floor.

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Even if Wood’s defense does not improve, the Mavericks gave up four non-rotation players to acquire a role player and open space to land more. That alone earns them an A-minus, and this deal has the potential to be a home run if Christian Wood plays his best basketball in Dallas.

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