Does the relationship between Luka Doncic and Christian Wood matter in extension talks?
The Mavs are not eager to sign Wood to a four-year max deal for a host of reasons. They want to maintain their flexibility as they try to build a championship team around Luka. Wood also has the reputation of being a poor defender and lacking professionalism. Signing him to a four-year deal at $19 million per season could marry the duo for the length of both players’ contracts.
C-Wood must be willing to take a shorter-term deal if he wants to stay with the Mavericks. His relationship makes the two-year contract worth offering, and it maintains the team’s flexibility to chase a second star to pair with Luka this summer and beyond. Dallas needs more talent, and they need to keep avenues to acquire it open if they want to become true championship contenders.
The Mavericks are unlikely to trade Christian Wood this season, regardless of how the extension talks play out. The 6’10 big man helps the team win this season, and they are always looking to be competitive and win as much as possible with number 77 on their side. Does he stay long-term? That is something worth monitoring.
The Dallas Mavericks have won six straight, and they are looking like a team that nobody will want to face in the postseason. Luka Doncic can take over any game, and doubling him leaves guys like Christian Wood open to feast, so do not miss a second of the action moving forward.