The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring center/power forward Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the No. 26 pick within the 2022 NBA draft and 4 players with expiring contracts, sources told ESPN.
Dallas will send Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown to Houston, sources said, creating roster flexibility and adding a productive big man.
Sources said Houston was motivated to maneuver Wood since the Rockets wish to open up playing time for 2021 first-rounder Alperen Sengun and sure the No. 3 overall pick. The Rockets pounced on the chance to amass a first-round selection without taking up any long-term salary.
Wood, 26, averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds during his two seasons with the Rockets. He’s as a result of make $14.3 million for the 2022-23 season, the ultimate 12 months of his contract.
Upgrading at center was certainly one of the Mavs’ primary goals entering the offseason within the wake of their run to the Western Conference finals.
The Rockets now have the Nos. 3, 17 and 26 picks within the June 23 draft.