5 unsigned NBA free agents who could still help a contender

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Unsigned free agents who could still help a contender: 3. Christian Wood

A prolific scorer for a big man. At one point during his time with Houston, Wood averaged 21 points, and 10 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.  For the Mavericks, Wood averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season. However, his lackadaisical defensive efforts landed him in Jason Kidd’s doghouse.

Here’s the hard truth: what Wood does particularly well is not what the Mavs need. Sure he’s a great one-on-one scorer. But, if you’re the Mavericks, you already have that in Kyrie and Luka. Therefore, you need a big man that can rebound in traffic, set hard screens, and defend. Someone like, I don’t know? Grant Williams.

Wood has played seven seasons for seven teams. If his role is simply “come off the bench and score,” a lot of teams could benefit from his contributions. He can play the 4 or 5, and, in terms of bigs available on the market, he’s one of the best available.