NBA News: Dallas Mavericks Trade for Houston Rockets Christian Wood, Luka Doncic

The NBA season isn’t even over yet, but the landscape for next season has changed after a blockbuster.

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are still battling each other in the NBA Finals, but it’s a different team that stole the headlines on Thursday.

A swap between two Western Conference teams looks set to rock the NBA landscape, with the Dallas Mavericks a serious contender for the title.

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The Mavericks unexpectedly rushed to the Western Conference Finals behind Luka Doncic’s great play and now they’ve added another weapon to help their advance in 2022/23.

In an exchange with the Houston Rockets, the Mavericks acquired big man Christian Wood in exchange for multiple bench players and a first round draft pick.

Athletic’s Shams Charania and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced Thursday morning that the Mavericks were saying goodbye to Boban Marjanovic, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and Sterling Brown.

For the Rockets, the deal earns them another first-round draft pick. Leave them with picks 3, 17, and 26 in the upcoming NBA Draft.

Reports suggest they are not done there with the team reportedly looking to fire security guard Eric Gordon in exchange for a new first round pick.

The Rockets wanted to leave with Wood to clear room for their crop of rising stars and the Mavericks threw themselves at a three-point firing big man.

Social media was quick to don their toga and judge the trade, with many pointing to the Mavericks as the clear winner of the trade.

“We are about to see the best version of Christian Wood with Luka Doncic. Wood can finish lobs like Dwight Powell or pop for 3s like Maxi Kleber, attacking the dribble better than either of them. It’s a contract year, so he’ll be on the defensive all year too. Huge addition,” wrote Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer.

“What a perfect fit next to Luka Doncic. Dallas is going for it with their available resources,” basketballnews reporter Evan Sidery wrote.

‘Is this the whole trade? What else did the missiles get? Wait, is that it?” Bill Simmons wrote in disbelief.

Unfortunately for NBA fans, the trade robs them of one of the better bromances in the league, with Doncic losing his bestie Marjanovic.

Marjanovic and Doncic were often seen in videos running amok together. Days before the trade, the NBA giant was seen knocking down junior players at a basketball camp.

Originally published as Dallas Mavericks establishing blockbuster trading with Houston Rockets

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