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NBA trades: 5 targets the Mavericks should be exploring

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Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood
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Trade target the Dallas Mavericks should be exploring: 5. Christian Wood

The Rockets have the worst record in the league, and it is going to get worse before it gets better in Houston. After a strong start, Wood has looked less than stellar. From Nov. 7 to Nov. 17, he averaged just 11.7 points and 8.3 rebounds on 39.4 percent shooting from the field.

Wood is under contract through the 2022-2023 season, but the Rockets appear to have multiple years left in their rebuild. They should be looking to trade him away now to maximize their return.

Wood averaged 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 32.3 minutes per game last season, while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 37.4 percent on his 3-point tries. The 26-year-old is in his prime and would give the Mavericks a mobile big man that can play next to Kristaps Porzingis.

Dallas should be calling now because plenty of teams figure to have interest in Christian Wood ahead of the trade deadline. His $14.3 million salary for next season is below market value for a player capable of scoring 20 points per game and stretching the floor. What do the Rockets want in return? The Mavericks should be exploring that as soon as possible.