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Christian Wood Open to Mavs Contract Extension: 'I'm Happy to Be Here...Vibe Is Good'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVDecember 26, 2022

DALLAS, TEXAS - DECEMBER 12: Christian Wood #35 of the Dallas Mavericks dunks the ball against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at American Airlines Center on December 12, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images)
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Christian Wood said he's open to a contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks after a strong start to his first year with the team.

"I'm happy to be here," Wood told Tim MacMahon of ESPN. "That's what I'll say. The vibe is good. … I'm open to it."

Wood is set to become a free agent in the offseason, but he's eligible for a four-year, $77 million contract extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 27-year-old was traded to Dallas in June after spending the past two campaigns with the Houston Rockets. He's averaged 17.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game on the 2022-23 season, second on the team in each category, while shooting 38.3 percent from three-point range.

After coming off the bench for most of the year, Wood has become a regular starter while helping the team win three in a row. He scored 30 in a 124-115 home win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day as Dallas improved to 18-16.

Wood has never appeared in a playoff game, but the Mavericks offer him a chance at contention.