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3 Questions Spurs fans may have after puzzling Christian Wood trade

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2. Which Texas rival got better and which got worse?

I don't think there's a question that the Dallas Mavericks were the winner of this trade as it stands. The only way this makes sense from the Rockets' point of view is that they have more moves coming in the near future. I fully expect that to be the case, which should even out the lopsided nature of this trade over time.

While Wood's style of play and questionable fit with the Rockets' young roster caused this move, make no mistake he still has All-Star potential. This was an extremely low-risk, high-reward move by the Mavericks and instantly gives them their second-best player to pair alongside Luka Doncic. Meanwhile, it was more of a maintenance move for Houston to set up for bigger things.

As currently constructed, the Mavericks still have depth issues to address, but seeing as they already made it to the Western Conference Finals on the backs of mostly Doncic and partially Jalen Brunson, this just makes them scarier.

Houston will still be a mess until at least the NBA Draft, but they'll now have three first-round picks -- 3rd, 17th, and 26th, to work with on Thursday as they continue rebuilding. They do have a nice young nucleus of Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr, and Alperen Sengun to help that cause as well.