It’s been a weird year for the Dallas Mavericks. After making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last year, they’ve had an up-and-down season this time around. They added Kyrie Irving at the trade deadline, but it still seems as though they’re a piece or two away from truly competing for a championship.

Dallas also added Christian Wood to the squad over the summer, but his role has been extremely inconsistent. After the Mavericks’ loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, in which they were without Irving and Luka Doncic, head coach Jason Kidd gave an explanation regarding Wood’s playing time.

“You look at just the depth that we have with all the bigs, we’re trying to get them in the game and see who has the hot hand, and right now, with Maxi [Kleber] back, that’s going to cut some of his minutes down, especially when we’re healthy. That’s just the way it is right now, and it can change as we go forward,” Kidd said via Grant Afseth of

I asked Mavericks coach Jason Kidd about Christian Wood’s playing time continuing to be reduced in addition to not closing games since the trade deadline:

“You look at just the depth that we have with all the bigs, we’re trying to get them in the game and see who has the hot…

— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) March 12, 2023

The Mavericks big man only logged 15:20 in a bench role during a game where neither of the team’s two stars was playing. He’s had a solid season so far this year but just can’t manage to earn consistent minutes or have a regular role in the team’s rotation.

Wood has appeared in 55 of the team’s 68 games this year and is playing 26.8 minutes per contest. He is averaging 17.1 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game on 52.2% shooting from the field and 36.9% shooting from behind the three-point line.

Mavericks ‘Wish’ They Traded Christian Wood

According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the Mavericks probably wish they traded Wood to the New Orleans Pelicans at this year’s deadline.

Here’s the full outline of the trade proposed by Buckley:

Pelicans Receive: Wood

Mavericks Receive: Jaxson Hayes, Naji Marshall, 2024 1st-round pick (Lottery-protected)

“This would be …read more



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