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.
Dallas will also include Sterling Brown in the deal, source said.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 16, 2022
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.
I'm not a crazy fan of Wood but this is a pretty solid trade for Dallas, didn't give up a rotation player, moves Dwight Powell to the bench making the Mavs a little bit deeper. He doesn't fix all the problems but a good starting point. https://t.co/wsQKdqFoqF
— Mo Dakhil (@MoDakhil_NBA) June 16, 2022
Big W for the Mavs https://t.co/p8XOjyLfRL
— Darrick Miller (@Dmills_hoh) June 16, 2022
HOLY W FOR THE MAVS WTFFFFF https://t.co/gbsiJaSSPW
— HTB ♨️ (@HenryTheBlasian) June 16, 2022
This feels like an absolute steal for Dallas. A difference maker for a bunch of guys who don’t play https://t.co/YAK7xUmvYr
— Nick Hehemann (@NickHehemann) June 16, 2022
Christian Wood is a rare archetype
If they can get him to buy-in, this could be a steal for Dallas https://t.co/xszi3NCSbo
— Ralph Mason (@Ralph_MasonJr) June 16, 2022
I’m really unsure on Wood but if you can get a top-50ish player for a pick and money that doesn’t play??? Yea, no-brainer. https://t.co/Xm2CM5JRj0
— Josh Eberley 🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) June 16, 2022
Christian Wood was 1 of 13 players to average 15 points and 10 rebounds this season.
Among that group, Wood had the highest 3-point field goal percentage at 39% (on 4.9 3-point attempts per game). https://t.co/wCFBQEgY3d
— Matt Williams (@StatsWilliams) June 16, 2022
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.
Rockets looking to avoid the Wood/No. 3 pick logjam right from the start. https://t.co/1WP3Jvf5BJ
— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) June 16, 2022
I would suspect the goal is now to use No. 26 with No. 17 in an effort to move up a few spots. I don't think they're looking for a late 1st in a vacuum — that's part of why Wood/Gordon weren't dealt in February. https://t.co/4Ai4KGrN83
— Ben DuBose (@BenDuBose) June 16, 2022
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.