Mavericks acquire Rockets center Christian Wood for 4 players, No. 26 pick


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Mavericks have their big man.

Dallas is acquiring Rockets center Christian Wood in exchange for Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, Sterling Brown and the No. 26 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, according to multiple reports.

The trade can not become official until NBA Draft night on Thursday, June 23, due to the Mavs owing the New York Knicks a protected 2023 first-round pick, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks.

Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and one block per game while shooting 39 percent from three-point range. He'll earn $14.3 million in the final year of his contract in 2022-23.

The 26-year-old will provide a much-needed presence inside the paint for a Mavericks team that was hammered on the glass in the postseason. Wood's not much of a rim protector but his size is a welcome addition to a roster that didn't have much last season.

Mavs point guard Luka Doncic was the team's leading rebounder last season with 9.1 rebounds per night.

For the Rockets, they receive several of the Mavericks' fringe rotational players. None of the players Dallas sent to Houston saw significant action in their surprising playoff run that ended in the Western Conference Finals. And each player is entering the final years of their contracts.

The most significant loss comes in the form of the lovable Marjanovic, who has a strong relationship with Doncic. The 33-year-old big man will earn $3.5 million in 2022-23 and could only return to Dallas if he were to be re-routed to another team and then waived by that team. At that point, he'd be permitted to re-sign with Dallas.