The offseason has started for 28 of 30 NBA teams, and some of them aren’t failing to quickly make moves. Among those teams are the Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets, who just agreed to a trade.
In this trade, the Mavericks are receiving Christian Wood, while the Rockets will get Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and the 26th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
This trade makes sense for the Mavericks. Their one weakness this year has been that they don’t have a rim protecting big. Kristaps Porzingis was on the team for the first half of the 2021-22 season, but under Coach Jason Kidd‘s system, he spent more time on the perimeter then in the paint. For the Rockets, Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game on 50.1% shooting from the field, and stands 6’10”. He is a great rim protector, and 26 years old, which means he is entering his prime.
I think this means we can assume the Mavericks will not be trading for Rudy Gobert this offseason.
While Burke, Chris, and Marjanovic are decent role players, my bet is that the Rockets did this deal for that first round pick. They’re in the middle of a rebuild, and the more young talent they can add to their core of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter, Jr, Josh Christopher, and Alperen Sengun, the better. We’ll see how that #26 pick turns out, but as of right now, my initial gut feel is that the Mavericks won this trade.
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