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Mavericks complete trade for Christian Wood

Houston receives a 2022 1st-round pick and 4 players from Dallas in exchange for Wood.

Forward Christian Wood heads to Dallas in a Draft night trade.

The Houston Rockets have agreed to acquire the No. 26 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft in a deal with the Dallas Mavericks. The Rockets sent big man Christian Wood to Dallas in the trade.

Additionally, Houston will add Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and 26th overall pick Wendell Moore. The deal was finalized after the 2022 NBA Draft.

Mavericks receive:

• Christian Wood

Rockets receive:

• Wendell Moore (No. 26)

• Boban Marjanovic

• Sterling Brown

• Trey Burke

• Marquese Chriss

Wood, a fifth-year forward, averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 68 games with Houston during the 2021-22 season. He was one of nine players to average at least 17 points and 10 rebounds, joining Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, two-time MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis, New Orleans’ Jonas Valanciunas, Chicago’s Nikola Vucevic and Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton.

Houston also has the No. 3 pick in the 2022 draft, used to select Auburn forward Jabari Smith.

Wood averaged 50% shooting this season, including 39% from 3-point range. Dallas will be the 26-year-old’s seventh team in seven NBA seasons, after stints in Philadelphia, Charlotte, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Detroit and Houston.

His breakout started in an eight-game stint with the Pelicans in 2018-19, averaging 16.9 ppg. He averaged 21.0 points with the Rockets last season, his first as a full-time starter, and appeared in a career-most 68 games with Houston this season.

Wood is entering the final season of a three-year, $41 million contract. He revealed to reporters in Houston that he had preliminary talks with the Rockets on an extension, though it isn’t known if one side balked or if it simply became clear that he wasn’t going to be in the team’s long-term plans.

Dallas star Luka Doncic gets another talented option to surround himself with next season. Wood has become a much better 3-point shooter as his career goes along; his 131 makes from beyond the arc this season matched his total from the previous two seasons combined.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.