The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to trade the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and Sterling Brown to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Christian Wood, according to Shams Charania.
This trade won’t be completed until draft night due to the Mavericks owing the New York Knicks a top-10 protected pick in 2023. The ‘Stepien Rule’ –– prevents teams from being without a first-round pick in consecutive seasons. This means the Mavericks will eventually make the No. 26 pick for the Rockets and then trade that player as part of the trade.
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Wood, who has been with the Rockets since 2020, averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and one block per game while shooting 51% from the field and 39% from 3-point range. He’s in the final year of a three-year, $41 million contract and will be eligible for an extension six months after the trade ends, should the Mavericks want to go that route.
The Rockets signed Wood ahead of the 2020-21 season, hoping he would be a complementary piece to help James Harden and Russell Westbrook. This, of course, never happened, as Harden and Westbrook forced their pre-season exits, and the Rockets became a rebuilding team. Now, at least they were able to flip him for an extra first-round pick.
Let’s evaluate the trade:
The Mavericks are coming off a surprise run to the Western Conference Finals, but when they got there, it quickly became clear they didn’t have enough talent to face the Golden State Warriors. In particular, their frontline options were quite limited.
As a result, they went out and picked up Christian Wood, who will instantly make them a better team. A lanky, 6-foot-10 tall man who can space the floor and knock down 3-pointers, and also function as a lob threat in the pick-and-roll, Wood fits the way the Mavericks like to play perfectly. With Wood taking on the starting center role, the Mavericks offense should become even more potent.
The only potential downside for the Mavericks is Wood’s impact on the locker room. Despite his obvious talent, this will be Wood’s seventh team in seven seasons, and he’s had some notable issues with the Rockets. In early January, before their game against the Denver Nuggets, he delayed the shootout by skipping COVID-19 tests. He was benched to start this game, showed little first-half effort when he came on, then was faced with teammates and assistant coach John Lucas at halftime. After refusing to return to the game in the second half, the team suspended him for one game.
Winning usually solves those kinds of problems, though, and the Mavericks should win even more with Wood in the mix. Plus, they really haven’t given up anything of note to get him, and he only has one year left on his contract. If for some reason he’s not a good fit, they can just cut their losses at the end of the season.
Dallas Commercial Class: A
The rockets receive:
- 26 overall picks in the 2022 NBA Draft
When the Rockets signed Christian Wood ahead of the 2020-21 season, it seemed like a bargain. Wood had shown plenty of promise with the Detroit Pistons before COVID-19 shut down the world, and his skill set was a good match for James Harden and Russell Westbrook. He was expected to help them continue to compete at the top of the Western Conference.
Instead, Westbrook and Harden decided they were no longer interested in playing for the Rockets, and the team was forced into rebuilding mode. If the Rockets had known what was coming, there would be no way they would have signed Wood this offseason, and he just never really made sense on the roster given their new direction.
In the end, however, it worked, as they were able to flip him for a first-round pick. Yes, that’s towards the end of the first, but every extra chance in the draft helps when you’ve only won 37 games combined in the past two seasons. Plus, most analysts predict the Rockets will take Duke forward Paolo Banchero. He and last season’s fascinating rookie Alperen Sengun will now have a much clearer role and path to play with Wood out of the equation.
It’s a little surprising that the Rockets weren’t able to get more out of the Mavericks in return, but they didn’t have to accept bad money and got a first-round pick for a guy who didn’t. didn’t make sense for a long time. -term.
Houston Trade Rating: B+