Despite the remarkably packed front court situation the Philadelphia 76ers are dealing with, the thought of Christian Wood not earning a contract with the team after his play this summer was hard to fathom.
The on-again, off-again Sixer tore up both Utah and Las Vegas Summer League in his latest stint with Philadelphia, averaging 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 56.7 percent from the floor in six games. Word circulated that the Sixers were very interested in signing Wood to a new contract, but needed to figure out the situation with their current abundance of big men before doing so. Now, they won't even have the chance.
The Charlotte Hornets announced on Thursday they had signed the second-year big man from UNLV. Shams Charania of The Vertical reported it's a two-year deal, with the second year being a team option.
NEWS: Charlotte Hornets Sign Forward Christian Woodhttps://t.co/6xN2RpTVWJ pic.twitter.com/nt5EwxO5J7— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) July 14, 2016
It's hard to guess how much Wood would have played with Philadelphia this year; there's a good chance he would have spent a ton of time in Delaware, as he did last season. Still, losing a young big who seemed like he was just starting to scratch the surface of his potential because they didn't have the roster space is still somewhat disappointing.
As you may recall, the Sixers waived him back in January -- a time where the Sixers were dealing with a "crisis" of young players running amuck without veteran guidance -- in order to sign Elton Brand. Who knows what Brand's impact off the floor was, but losing out on Wood to bring him in doesn't look so great right now.