Oct 26, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Houston Rockets center Christian Wood (35) dribbles as Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) defends during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With the NBA Draft around the corner, the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a trade involving a first-round pick, Christian Wood, and a host of other players.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Wednesday that the Rockets are acquiring Dallas’ first-round pick (No. 26 overall), as well as Boban Marjanović, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and Sterling Brown. In exchange, the Mavericks will receive Wood from Houston.

Wood is a talented (though at times, frustrating) player. And as far as the players go, he’s clearly the main prize in this exchange. He’s coming off of the best two seasons of his career. He averaged a career-high 21 points per game in the 2020-21 season and complemented the scoring with a then-career-high 9.6 rebounds.

The scoring numbers were down a little bit in the 2021-22 season, but Wood added more rebounding to his game, averaging a double-double with 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He made 62.3% of free throws, which leaves a lot of room for improvement. But Wood also shot 50.1% from the field and 39% on threes this season. Last year, he shot 51.4% on field goals, 37.4%, on threes and 63.1% on free throws.

Wood will also be only 27 when the 2022-23 season starts. Many NBA fans felt that the Mavericks — coming off of a Conference Finals loss — did well to land a relatively young player coming off of his two best seasons.

Most of the commentary was around Wood.

With the trade, the Rockets now have three first-round picks. In addition to Dallas’ No. 26 pick, Houston has its own No. 3 pick as well as the No. 17 pick from the Brooklyn Nets.

This deal left some speculation as to what the next move for the Rockets may be.

Indeed, there are many more potential moving parts out there. So, as big as this trade was, don’t be surprised if one or both of these teams is involved in an even bigger one before the NBA Draft gets going.

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