Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood, Send Stauskas, Baldwin, Picks to Cavs
The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired forward Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for two second-round picks (2021 & 2023), along with the expiring contracts of Nick Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV.
Portland has agreed to a deal to acquire Cleveland forward Rodney Hood for guards Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two future second-round picks, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2019
Due to the fact that Hood’s one-year contract with the Cavs last summer granted him veto rights, he had to agree to the trade. He is reportedly excited to join a team in the midst of a playoff push and the Blazers will be able to use an exception this summer should they wish to re-sign him.
Hood has started 45 games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 12.2 points per game. After a really bright start to his career with the Utah Jazz, he has been unable to regain that form and the Blazers, in desperate need of wing scoring, will hope to get the most out of Hood.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are continuing to stockpile draft picks, as they have now turned Kyle Korver, Rodney Hood, George Hill and Sam Dekker into 7 draft selections this season. They are still actively pursuing trades for Alec Burks and JR Smith so do not be surprised if the Cavaliers are involved in more trades before the deadline.
As a final note, you’ve got to feel for Canadian Nik Stauskas. He has become the ultimate NBA nomad. The Cavaliers will now be his 5thteam in 6 seasons.