- The Dallas Mavericks are Looking for the Championship Formula in the Trade for Christian Wood
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The Dallas Mavericks are Looking for the Championship Formula in the Trade for Christian Wood
Luka Doncic and The Dallas Mavericks were looking very strong in their postseason run, and I think it's because it all happened as a surprise. Unfortunately, once they got to the Western Conference Finals, the gaps in their lineup started to surface. Place a bet on who will win the 22/23 NBA Finals at anyNew Jersey Casino like DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel.
We all know many players can be the star on the court and score many points, but even Luka cannot secure the chip by himself. Jordan had Pippen and Rodman, Kobe had Shaq, and most recently Lebron had Wade and Kyrie Irving. We could obviously bring up Giannis and The Bucks, but he also had some helping hands, no one can play defense by themselves and that's why winning is a team effort.
Across the NBA, news about the Mavericks trading a draft pick and four players in order to get Doncic a viable option spread like wildfire. Turns out, they did just that--trading for forward/center Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets.
This trade will not be completed until draft night because the Mavericks still owe the Knicks a top-10 protected pick in 2023. The "Stepien Rule" prevents teams from being without first-round picks two seasons in a row. Which means the Mavericks will end up making the No. 26 pick for the Rockets, then trading that player as part of the trade.
The 26-year-old big man has been in the NBA for the last 7 seasons and is now headed to his 7th team. He's played for the 76ers, Hornets, Bucks, Pelicans, Pistons, and the Rockets. In the 2021-22 season in Houston, Wood averaged close to 18 points, 10 rebounds, and over 2 assists per game. Although there may be a few concerns about him in the locker room, this is definitely a move in the right direction for The Dallas Mavericks.