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 Mavs.com. “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.
When asked what Kidd and Harrison have communicated to him, Wood said they hadn’t.
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.”
10 thoughts on “Christian Wood Hopes To Remain With Mavericks”
Of course he wants to stay, they’re a competing team in the West.
Of course he wants to stay, mid Kidd is the only coach that will put up with his BS
Ooh that rhymed
Competing in what sense?
Kyrie has many ways to miss games and the Mavs don’t have the defence to make up for Kyrie and his lack of defence…
I guess they’ll have the odd game where they might challenge for highest score in an NBA game… No team is frightened of the Mavs…
It is not easy for GMs to deal these expiring craps
Trade him or get him
Grant Will’s restricted, I think/hope he stays
Si cambian a Wood cometen un error, mejor consigan un buen centro
Wood could probably stick around…IF he could even PRETEND to play even a little bit of defense.
Dallas Mavericks projected to retain WOOD !!
Wood says that now…
I give it a month into the Kyrie Mavs tenure and no one on the Mavs will want to come back next year…