1. Christian Wood
Throughout the trade deadline in February, it was reported that the LA Clippers were interested in making a move for Christian Wood. This was expected as the roster lacked a backup center, and Wood’s skillset makes the Clippers even better. Not only can he space the floor, but he is a great rebounder and solid rim protector.
That said, Wood’s most recent season was not his best, as he averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in only 67 games. This could be the reason why the LA Clippers may look to sign him to a smaller deal. On the flip side, an extension could be in the works if Wood proves himself on a championship team.
In fact, one of the reasons that Wood’s numbers took a drop is because of his situation with the Mavericks. Dallas’ coaching staff did not allow Wood to play his style of basketball, which essentially hurt his value. It also doesn’t help that the Mavericks finished with one of the worst records in the Western Conference.
Conversely, Wood does bring a bit of health concern to an already injury-prone LA Clippers roster. Furthermore, over the last four seasons, the undrafted star has suited up for 238 games out of a possible 328. This could be the main factor regarding the amount of money Wood brings in this off-season.
That said, the LA Clippers should take the risk of signing Wood, primarily because of his offensive upside. He is also one of the few big men who would thrive in a small-ball lineup.