On Monday the Portland Trail Blazers officially welcomed their newest member, lefty wing Rodney Hood.
I’m ready for what’s next! Portland I’m on the way! #ripcity 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
— Rodney Hood (@rodneyhood) February 4, 2019
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 4, 2019
On Sunday Adrian Wojnarowski first reported that the Blazers acquired Hood in a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers, sending guards Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV and a pair of future second round draft picks back in the deal.
Hood stands 6’8″, is left-handed, and is averaging 12.2 points a game this season through 45 games (all starts) with the Cavaliers, who are struggling this season at 11-42, the third-worst record in the NBA.
Hood also has season averages of 42.7% shooting from the floor, including 36.8% from 3-pt range.
He was originally drafted by the Utah Jazz in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke, a first-round pick (No.23 overall). He is twenty-six years old, and turns twenty-seven on October 20th. He had just signed a one-year qualifying offer from the Cavaliers, meaning he had to agree to be traded to Portland. Woj’s report suggests Hood could re-sign this summer with Portland using the exception.
Hood will wear number five for Rip City. The Blazers next play Tuesday vs the Miami Heat. It remains to be seen whether Hood will debut Tuesday or at a later time.
Tune in for the BFT w/ John Canzano weekdays 12-3pm for the latest reaction on the trade as well as the Last Quarter w/ Peter Sampson following every Blazers game.