A person with direct knowledge of the deal said the Houston Rockets are the trading center of Christian Wood, their leading scorer and rebounder this season for the Dallas Mavericks, in exchange for four players and a draft pick.
Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Sterling Brown and marquess Chris Rockets are going to get the No. 26 pick this year because the trade hasn’t been finalized, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity. . ,
It will not be finalized until the June 23 draft.
After Wood averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, it’s a major move for the Mavericks. He was one of nine players to join Joel Embiid of Philadelphia, Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee, two-time MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, Bam Adebayo of Miami, Domantas Sabonis of Sacramento, Jonas Wallen Nicolas of New Orleans, Chicago. Vusevic and Deandre Ayton of Phoenix.
Wood is entering the final season of a three-year, $41 million contract. He revealed to reporters in Houston last week that he had preliminary talks with the Rockets on an extension, though it’s not known whether one side bowed out or if it became clear that he was not going into the team’s long-term plans.
Anyhow, now Dallas star Luka Doncic gets another talented option to surround himself with next season. Wood has become a better 3-point shooter as his career progresses; His 131 this season matched his total from the previous two seasons.
Houston currently has two other first-round picks in the draft – including No. 3, with the places most likely to be Auburn’s Jabari Smith, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren or Duke’s Paolo Banchero. Orlando chose No. 1, followed by Oklahoma City at No. 2, and there is much speculation that Banchero will fall to the Rockets.
The Rockets also have a No. 17 selection to acquire from Brooklyn as part of the James Harden business in January 2021.
Wood shot an average of 50% this season, including 39% from 3-point range. Dallas will be the 26-year-old’s seventh team in seven NBA seasons, after playing in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Detroit and Houston.
His breakout began in 2018-19, averaging 16.9 points in an eight-game stint with the Pelicans. He averaged 21.0 points with the Rockets last season, his first as a full-time starter, and appeared in a career-high 68 games with Houston this season.
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