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Mavs newcomer Christian Wood gives the finals as a goal

Christian Wood has set an ambitious goal for the coming season, the newcomer to the Dallas Mavericks wants to reach the NBA Finals. After the off-season trade, he already feels comfortable in his new home.

“I’m happy to be here,” Wood said at a Mavs Academy kids’ basketball camp. “It’s a great opportunity for me and the organization. I just want to take the next step. I want to win games. My main goal is to reach the finals.”

The Mavs secured their most prominent signing of the offseason in a trade with the Houston Rockets. For the 26-year-old big man, Dallas sent Sterling Brown, Trey Burke, Marquese Chriss, Boban Marjanovic and Wendell Moore Jr. to the Texas rival.

Wood averaged 17.9 points and 10.1 rebounds last season, hitting 50.1 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from the three-point line. In his six years in the NBA, Wood has developed into a good scorer, but he has yet to make the playoffs with his previous teams.

The Mavs, meanwhile, made it into the Western Conference Finals last season, where they lost five games to eventual champions Golden State. In the offseason, the Mavs lost a key playmaker in Jalen Brunson that they couldn’t replace. Despite the addition of Wood in the big positions, who should become a versatile pick ‘n’ roll and pick ‘n’ pop partner for Luka Doncic, things could be tough for Dallas next season to put down another deep playoff run in the strong west.

However, Wood reiterated that he has been very happy in Dallas so far. “I love the city. It’s a bit quieter than Houston, thank goodness,” he explained. “I’ve tried a few restaurants, the food is great. I’m still learning everything.” But he already knows his new teammates. “I’ve spoken to just about everyone,” Wood said.

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