Dallas Mavericks' most valuable trade assets: 9. Christian Wood
The Mavs traded a first-round pick for Wood just four months ago. It was the 26th overall selection, but the 6’10 forward has positive trade value. He averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block over his two seasons in Houston. Yes, those numbers came on a rebuilding team, but just 45 players averaged more than 19 points per game last season and only 17 matched his rebounding average.
Wood is on a $14.3 million expiring contract, so any rebuilding team would be willing to take on his deal to match salaries. The 27-year-old is in the middle of his prime and looking to make the playoffs for the first time in his NBA career.
C-Wood is motivated to earn an extension. The Mavericks will be his seventh team since coming to the NBA in 2015. He wants to find a long-term home and prove that he is worth $20-plus million per season. Dallas plans to wait to see how he fits before offering him a new deal. If Wood is playing well, he could hold out until he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer.
If the two sides cannot work out an extension before the trade deadline, the Dallas Mavericks will likely gauge Wood’s value on the trade market. His play will determine how much he is worth, and the 6’10 forward could easily climb up this list with a strong season.