Christian Wood will join Dallas Mavericks; Houston Rockets receive first-round pick, four expiring players | NBA News

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The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring center Christian Wood, the Houston Rockets’ leading scorer and rebounder last season, in exchange for four players and a draft pick.

Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown and Marquese Chriss — all of whom have expiring contracts — are heading to the Rockets, who will also receive the No. 26 pick this year. It is understood that the trade will not be finalized until the June 23 draft.

It fills a major need for the Mavs, who were eager to improve their centering talent and Wood is no doubt an improvement over regular starting center Dwight Powell – while the Rockets were happy to free up roster space to create more minutes for talented Turkish prospect Alperen Sengun.

It’s a big blow for the Mavericks, after Wood averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He was one of nine players to average at least 17 points and 10 rebounds, joining Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee, two-time MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, Bam Adebayo of Miami, Domantas Sabonis of Sacramento, Jonas Valanciunas from New Orleans, Nikola from Chicago. Vucevic and Deandre Ayton of Phoenix.

Wood is entering the final season of a three-year, $41 million contract. He revealed to reporters in Houston last week that he had held preliminary talks with the Rockets about an extension, although it’s unclear if any side balked or if it just became clear that he didn’t. wasn’t going to be on the team long term. plans.

Either way, Dallas star Luka Doncic now has another talented option to surround himself with next season. Wood has become a much better 3-point shooter over the course of his career; his 131 marks from beyond the arc this season matched his total from the previous two seasons combined.

Houston also currently has two other first-round picks in the draft — including No. 3, with the most likely selection there being Auburn’s Jabari Smith, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren or Duke’s Paolo Banchero. Orlando picks No. 1, followed by Oklahoma City at No. 2, and there’s been a lot of speculation that Banchero will fall to the Rockets.

The Rockets also have the No. 17 selection, acquiring the one from Brooklyn as part of the James Harden trade in January 2021.

Wood has averaged 50% shooting this season, including 39% from 3-pointers. Dallas will be the 26-year-old’s seventh team in seven NBA seasons, following stints in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Detroit and Houston.

His breakout began during an eight-game stint with the Pelicans in 2018-19, averaging 16.9 points. He averaged 21.0 points with the Rockets last season, his first as a full-time starter, and played in a career-high 68 games with Houston this season.

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