Christian Wood Hopes To Remain With Mavericks

Mavericks big man Christian Wood, who has missed the team’s last eight games with a fractured left thumb, will return to action for Monday’s game in Utah, the team confirmed (via Twitter). The forward/center sustained the injury on January 18 against Atlanta after getting swiped by Hawks forward John Collins.

That’s when I hurt it the first time,” Wood said, per Eddie Sefko of “Then I tried to go for a dunk later in the game and I re-hurt it again, making it 10 times worse.”

Wood’s name has popped up in trade rumors — Dallas reportedly tried to include him in the Kyrie Irving deal, which has yet to be finalized. He discussed the rumors with media members, including Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News, during Monday’s shootaround.

You try and stay off social media as much as possible, try and lock in, stay with the team,” Wood said. “Talking to (head coach) Jason Kidd, (general manager) Nico (Harrison) as much as possible, see what their plans are for the future. Go from there.”

When asked what Kidd and Harrison have communicated to him, Wood said they hadn’t.

Nothing,” Wood said with a smile. “I hope I’m not traded.”

According to Caplan, Tim Hardaway Jr. also discussed his name coming up in trade rumors. He says he loves being a part of the team and tries to block out the distractions.

Control what you can control — plain and simple,” Hardaway said. “That’s all I really can say. I don’t really want to elaborate on that. As far as I know, I’m a Dallas Maverick. I’m going to ride with my guys and do whatever I can to compete and do our best to win ballgames while I’m here. Everybody knows I love it here. Everybody knows that, but like I said, control what you can control.”

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