The Los Angeles Lakers are signing free-agent big man Christian Wood to a two-year contract, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wood’s terms reportedly include a player option for the second year.
He will earn $2.7 million in 2023-24 and, if he exercises his option, a $3-million salary in 2024-25, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.
The 27-year-old Wood appeared to confirm the signing on social media minutes after the report.
Wood entered free agency after spending the 2022-23 campaign with the Dallas Mavericks. He started 17 of 67 games last season and averaged 16.6 points and 7.3 rebounds. He also shot 37.6% from beyond the arc on 4.2 attempts per contest.
While the Mavs were slightly better offensively with the UNLV product on the court (115.4 offensive rating compared to 114.6 with him off), the team allowed 3.1 points per 100 possessions more when he played.
The Houston Rockets traded Wood to Dallas in June 2022 after two seasons with the franchise, which initially acquired him in a sign-and-trade with the Detroit Pistons in 2020. In 109 appearances with Houston, Wood registered a virtual double-double of 19.1 points and 9.9 rebounds while hitting threes at a 38.4% rate.
Wood has also played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, and New Orleans Pelicans during his career. The Lakers will be his eighth franchise in eight NBA seasons.
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