Christian Wood didn't exactly become a fan favorite in his lone year with the Dallas Mavericks, and fans aren't too torn up about the fact that he's going to be playing somewhere else for the 2023-24 season.
But this offseason brought a relatively weak free agent class, and with most of the top players off the market, Wood is widely considered the best remaining player available. Since the Mavs don't really have the space under the hard cap to pull off a sign-and-trade, Wood is expected to be able to sign anywhere.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely free agent destinations for Christian Wood.
Christian Wood Free Agent Destinations
1. Chicago Bulls
The most recent update from the Bulls is that they're expecting to be without Lonzo Ball for the entire season, but that doesn't rule them out for making a push for Wood. They still project as at least a play-in team in the East, and some offensive upgrades could make them a lot of fun.
The success they did have last year was largely thanks to some terrific defense (ranking No. 5 in Defensive Rating but just No. 24 in Offensive Rating), and that means they can probably afford to sacrific some of that defensive success to add firepower.
And obviously, that is Wood's game. Mavs fans can attest that you're expecting him to be a defensive liability when he's out there, but he's a lot easier to hide on that end of the floor when you surround him with talent.
Having Nikola Vucevic and Andre Drummond means the Bulls wouldn't have to ask Wood to anchor the defense at the five very often, and his presence would give them another scorer in the frontcourt when DeMar DeRozan is playing at the three or off the court.