Mavs Seek ‘Pick-&-Roll Partner’ For Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving

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The Dallas Mavericks are seeking a pick-and-roll partner for All-Stars Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, according to NBA insider Chris Fedor of

The Mavericks tried to trade for Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen, but Cleveland isn’t interested in moving the Texas product.

“Sources say the Dallas Mavericks, who own the No. 10 overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and have sharpshooter Tim Hardaway Jr. — a player the Cavs discussed at the February trade deadline — were one team that recently reached out about Allen’s availability,” Fedor wrote. “While it’s unclear what was offered, the Mavericks have been seeking a pick-and-roll partner for guards Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.”

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The Mavericks will not re-sign Christian Wood this offseason, according to NBA insider Marc Stein, so they are looking for a big man. Wood becomes an unrestricted free agent on June 30 and the Mavericks are not interested in bringing the big man back.

“Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Dallas’ trade to acquire Christian Wood in exchange for the 26th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft (which Houston used to acquire the draft rights to Wendell Moore Jr.) and the contracts of veterans Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss and Boban Marjanović,” Stein wrote. “Wood is bound for unrestricted free agency with the Mavericks, as I reported here April 9 and have subsequently reconfirmed this week, not expected to make him an offer to return.

“The Mavericks, sources say, have moved on and are looking to remake their center rotation.”

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Wood appeared in 67 games for the Mavericks this past season. He averaged 16.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 51.5% from the field, 37.6% from beyond the arc and 77.2% from the free-throw line.

The Mavericks won only 38 games in 2022-23 despite having Doncic and Irving. They didn’t even qualify for the play-in tournament after making the Western Conference Finals last year.

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