Nets Urged To Sign Mavs’ Christian Wood In Free Agency

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The Brooklyn Nets may be in the market to add some win-now talent in NBA free agency. Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report thinks the Nets could use Christian Wood’s floor spacing on offense. The UNLV product becomes an unrestricted free agent on June 30.

“Adding Christian Wood would address a lack of depth inside and allow Brooklyn to play a different style for portions of a game,” Bailey wrote. “Over the last three seasons, Wood has averaged 18.1 points and 1.8 threes in just 29.3 minutes, while shooting 38.1 percent from deep. He’s dangerous enough from the outside to force defenses to pay attention to him at the three-point line, which will widen slashing routes to the rim for all the wings named above.”

The Dallas Mavericks will not re-sign Wood this offseason, according to NBA insider Marc Stein. Wood appeared in 67 games for Dallas 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 in 67 games.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Christian Wood, Dallas Mavericks & Brooklyn Nets Updates

Wood has career averages of 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists with the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Mavericks.

The Nets need more talent around rising star Mikal Bridges, so adding Wood isn’t such a bad idea as long as the price is right. Brooklyn got swept by the Sixers in the first round of the 2023 playoffs. The team traded superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but still finished the season with 45 wins.

NBA NEWS & TRADE RUMORS: Christian Wood, Dallas Mavericks & Brooklyn Nets Updates

It will be fascinating to see if the Nets take Bailey’s advice and add Wood, who averaged a career-high 21.0 points in 2020-21 with the Rockets. He’s a talented scorer and dunker who has All-Star potential if he’s engaged for 48 minutes.

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