Dallas Mavericks acquire Christian Wood from Houston Rockets for 26th pick in NBA draft, 4 players
The Dallas Mavericks acquire 6-foot-11 center forward/forward Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the No. 26 pick in the 2022 NBA draft and four players whose contracts are expiring, sources tell ESPN .
Dallas will send Boban Marjanovic, Marquese Chriss, Trey Burke and Sterling Brown to Houston, sources said, creating flexibility in the roster and adding a productive big man.
Sources said Houston was motivated to move Wood because the Rockets want to open up game time for 2021 first-round Alperen Sengun and likely the No. 3 overall pick. The Rockets jumped at the chance to acquire a first-round pick without taking on long-term salary.
Wood, 26, averaged 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds in his two seasons with the Rockets. He is expected to earn $14.3 million for the 2022-23 season, the final year of his contract.
Upgrading at center was one of the Mavs’ main goals entering the offseason following their run to the Western Conference Finals.
The Rockets now have picks No. 3, 17 and 26 in the June 23 draft.