Last night, it was reported that the Houston Rockets are trading Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for 4 expiring contracts, Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke and Marquese Chriss and also the 26th overall pick in the NBA draft.
Wood, 26, is coming off a season where he averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1 block, while shooting 39% from 3 point range. Wood was splitting time at power forward and center last season, and will replace the big man role in Dallas after they traded Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans at the trade deadline.
For Houston, they get 4 expiring contracts who will get very limited minutes if any. Marjanovic, 33, averaged 4.3 points in 23 games last season. Brown, 27, averaged 3.3 points per game in 49 games last season in a year where he was recovering after being assaulted. Burke, 29, averaged 5.1 points in 42 games last season. And Chriss, 24, averaged 4.5 points per game in 34 games this season. It is reported that Houston traded Wood so sophomore big man Alperen Sengun and their 3rd overall pick (who will most likely be power forward Paolo Banchero) can get more minutes.
This also gives Dallas a piece, while still having cap space to possibly resign Jalen Brunson, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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