Trail Blazers swing NBA deal with Cavs for guard Hood

Mae Harvey
February 7, 2019

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired guard Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guards Wade Baldwin IV, Nik Stauskas and two future second-round draft picks, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. 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. Acquired in trade from the Utah Jazz for Korver, Burks is also in the final year of his deal.

Portland (32-20) is now fourth in the Western Conference behind the Nuggets, Warriors and Thunder. He has scored in double figures on eight occasions, which includes a career-high tying 24 points (7-11 FG, 5-8 3FG, 5-5 FT) in 27 minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts.

Stauskas, 25, averaged 6.1 points in 44 games this season for Portland. He has also played in six G League games this season, with the Texas Legends. His averages through 56 career games are 3.1 points and 1.4 assists.

Hood was prepared for the approaching deadline this time around.

He was a restricted free agent last July, but after receiving little to no interest from other teams, he accepted the Cavaliers' qualifying offer of $3.4 million for this season. "Being a part of a trade doesn't always mean you're not a good player - it means they want to do something different for their organization". There's no malice towards anything.

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