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Jason Kidd reveals plans for new Mavs center JaVale McGee after also trading for Christian Wood

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The Dallas Mavericks quickly learned that the sole heroics of Luka Doncic isn’t going to be enough to win a championship. Because of this, the team has been very busy this offseason acquiring talent to surround its star guard. They acquired multiple talents, including JaVale McGee and Christian Wood.

In fact, the Mavs picked up so many stars this offseason that fans started to wonder who’s going to be in the starting five. More specifically, who will be the starting center?

According to NBA correspondent Marc Stein, JaVale McGee is taking the role. Stein tweeted the news from Mavs head coach Jason Kidd Friday afternoon.

The Mavs acquired JaVale McGee in free agency at the end of June. The former Phoenix Suns center signed a three-year, $20.1 million contract, including player option for the final season.

However, McGee wasn’t the only center picked up by the Mavs this offseason. About two weeks before signing McGee, the team acquired Christian Wood in a trade with the Houston Rockets. In exchange, the Rockets received Boban Marjanovic, Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, and the 26th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Both centers have starter potential, which is why Kidd felt the need to clarify the team’s intentions moving forward. While JaVale McGee holds the starting center position, Wood is slated as the Mavs’ starting power forward. Regardless of how Kidd utilizes their talents, these two will undoubtedly take a lot of the heaviness off of Doncic’s shoulders next season.