Rockets, Mavericks NBA trade details: Christian Wood reportedly dealt to Dallas

By | June 16, 2022
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Luka Doncic will reportedly have another three-point threat to pass to next season.

According to multiple reports, the Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Christian Wood in a deal with the Houston Rockets. The Rockets are reportedly sending Wood to the Mavericks in exchange for Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and the No. 26 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Here’s all you need to know about the deal.

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Mavericks-Rockets NBA trade details

  • Mavericks receive: Christian Wood
  • Rockets receive: Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, 2022 first-round pick (No. 26 overall)

After a surprising postseason run that saw them make it to the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks are looking to remain a major player in the West with the acquisition of Wood.

The 26-year-old, 6-foot-11 big man averaged a double-double last season, with averages of 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds in 30.8 minutes a game with the Rockets. Wood is a legitimate stretch four as he shot 39 percent from three on 4.9 attempts a game last season.

With Wood reportedly on their roster, the Mavericks now have yet another 3-point threat that would fit perfectly with coach Jason Kidd’s five-out offensive schemes, which has created space for Doncic to operate and create Luka magic.

Defense, however, isn’t Wood’s strong suit as he isn’t powerful enough to bang with centers down low and isn’t quick enough to keep up with agile power forwards. Yet Kidd was able to whip Dallas into a top defensive team in his first season and perhaps being in a more accountable system will force Wood to make strides on the defensive end of the floor.

Plus for the Mavericks, this reported trade helped to clear up room on their roster as they were able to offload non-rotational players and get a talented yet flawed player back in return.

For the Rockets, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, the reported deal allows Houston to give more playing time to rising forward Alperen Sengun and draft a potentially impactful big in Paolo Banchero or Chet Holmgren with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

From a salary standpoint, Wood is on an expiring deal and all of the players the Mavericks traded to the Rockets are also on expiring deals. So essentially, both teams were able to make a deal without having to add on any long-term salaries.

Mavericks’ potential starting lineup

With the reported addition of Wood, Dallas could start a very formidable starting lineup and have significant depth on their bench. Of course, it remains to be seen if Dallas re-signs versatile combo guard Jalen Brunson but if they do retain his services, here’s a look at potential starters and key players for the Mavericks next season:

  • Luka Doncic
  • Reggie Bullock
  • Dorian Finney-Smith
  • Christian Wood
  • Dwight Powell
  • Sixth man: Jalen Brunson
  • Key reserves: Spencer Dinwiddie, Maxi Kleber, Tim Hardaway Jr.

On paper, Wood may not seem to move the needle that much for the Mavericks. But with the continued superstar growth of Doncic, the sky’s the limit for the Mavs and Wood has the skillset that can help support the All-Star guard’s game and at the same time, keep Dallas in the upper echelon of the Western Conference.

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