Christian Wood has officially found a new home after signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. But, that was partly because the Dallas Mavericks weren't interested in bringing him back and it appears Mavs head coach Jason Kidd never even gave the green light to the organization trading for Wood in June of 2022.
Speaking in the Hoop Collective Podcast, team insider Tim McMahon spilled the tea on the situation:
“Straight up, Jason Kidd did not want Christian Wood,” ESPN’s MacMahon said. “That trade was made without J-Kidd signing off on it.”
That's a bit hard to understand considering the big man has scored the rock at a high rate throughout his career, although he's bounced around a lot. And to be honest, I don't think Wood was too keen on running it back with the Mavs anyway considering his role in 2022-23.
The veteran made just 17 starts in 67 contests, averaging 16.6 points per game. Despite having him, Luka Doncic, and Kyrie Irving all producing offensively, Dallas missed the postseason in disappointing fashion.
While Wood has departed, Kidd now has Grant Williams at the power forward position, who was acquired in a trade this offseason from the Boston Celtics. He's a gritty, tough player who should fit in nicely alongside the two other stars.
As for Wood, he'll be looking to make his presence felt in the Lakers' second unit and should see his fair share of minutes as the backup for Anthony Davis, who pushed LA to sign him.