Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Trail Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood

Trail Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood

By February 4, 2019 12:05 p.m. ET The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV and two future second round draft picks from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Rodney Hood. He also can not carry a team in any consistent way, or, really, be counted on as a wingman for whoever happens to be the alpha scorer.

Former first-round pick Hood, who is in his fifth National Basketball Association season, has started 45 games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 12.2 points and 2.5 rebounds. As of Sunday afternoon, the Trail Blazers were 32-20 and fourth in the West standings, while the 11-42 Cavs had the third-worst record in the league. He tied his career-high with 24 points in a season-opening win over LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts.

The 23rd overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke, Hood spent the first three-plus seasons of his career with the Utah Jazz. It is possible they will deal Alec Burks or J.R. Smith before Thursday's trade deadline.

Stauskas was averaging 6.1 points on.419 shooting, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists over 15.3 minutes a night in 44 games. That allowed him to not only become an unrestricted free agent this July, but also afforded him the chance to veto trades that didn't appeal to his interest.

Baldwin averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in a reserve role for Portland.

Hood was prepared for the approaching deadline this time around. "I'm playing the game I love".

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