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Mavs center Christian Wood hints at role change that Luka Doncic will love

Luka Doncic, Christian Wood, Mavs

The Dallas Mavericks wasted no time making major moves to improve their roster. Off the heels of a 2022 Western Conference Finals run, the team addressed their biggest issue: the frontcourt. They acquired Christian Wood from the Rockets in a trade, and then JaVale McGee during free agency.

The winning culture seems to have already rubbed off on Christian Wood, who may be moving to a new position next season. According to Tim MacMahon, the ex-Rockets center is open to playing the four spot for the Mavs next season after the McGee signing. That’s a decision that will surely delight Luka Doncic.

Wood has primarily played the center position for most of his career (particularly in Detroit and Houston). However, he’s relatively undersized for his position (standing at just 6’9). Moving to the power forward position is a logical decision for the Mavs forward, and will likely make his life easier on both ends of the floor.

As for Doncic, well, this move is perfect for his play-style. Wood’s floor-spacing ability and McGee’s vertical presence allows the Mavs star to play to his strengths in the pick-and-roll. Plus, McGee likely won’t be closing games for the team depending on the matchup. That would allow Wood to play the center spot in a five-out offense around Doncic.

Doncic isn’t worrying about the roster of the Mavs right now, though. Instead, Doncic is laser-focused on the international stage, looking to help Slovenia qualify for the FIBA World Cup. So far, he’s been doing quite well, destroying fools like he does in the NBA.