Charlotte Hornets: The Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets trade impact

Christian Wood, Houston Rockets (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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For Dallas, they acquire a big, which was one of the only holes in their current roster. Wood, who can space the floor, defend, and finish, should pair perfectly with Luka Doncic. With uncertainty surrounding Jalen Brunson‘s return to Dallas, the Mavs secured a one-year loan for the 2022-23 season. With Wood on the roster, Dallas undoubtedly improved, and they gave up little-to-nothing to get better.

For Houston, they must have assumed that Wood was gone after this season. During the 2021-22 campaign, Wood had numerous run-ins with his coaching staff and fellow teammates. That ultimately put him on the trading block and led to this trade last night. In that regard, they won this trade. If Wood was leaving and not expected to be a big part of the rotation in 2022-23, then you might as well extract the best value in the trade market. While Burke, Brown, Marjanovic, and Chriss are not rotation players on a good team, they could all find minutes in Houston, who is still in rebuild mode.

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