Luka Doncic enjoys playing with Christian Wood: Does that matter in extension talks?

Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks need to extend Christian Wood if they want to keep him

The Mavs traded for Wood in the offseason as he entered the final year of a $41 million pact over three seasons. He is earning $14.3 million this season, and C-Wood just became eligible for a four-year $77 million extension on Christmas Eve.

The front office needs to act fast or they risk losing their second-leading scorer for nothing in two straight years. They did not finalize a contract with Jalen Brunson last season, and he bolted for New York in free agency. The Mavericks have all season to extend Wood, but they must make a decision before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. They should either extend him or trade him to ensure they get something back for the talented big man.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon reported that the Mavs are open to a shorter two-year extension, but is that enough to keep the 27-year-old in Dallas? If not will they trade him before the deadline? There are plenty of questions to answer over the next month plus.

Does Christian Wood’s relationship with Luka Doncic matter in his extension talks? All aspects of team-building revolve around number 77, so it can’t hurt. Right?