The Portland Trail Blazers are sending guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV with second round picks in 2021 and 2023 to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Rodney Hood, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hood had to agree to trade to Blazers, because he had signed a one-year qualifying offer with Cavs. He was enthusiastic enough about joining Portland to waive his Bird Rights. Blazers could still re-sign him using an exception this summer. https://t.co/Lx59mSmTqy
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 3, 2019
This season, Hood is averaging 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.4 minutes played per game. Hood started in 45 of the Cavs 53 games played this season.
Hood played three and a half seasons with Utah before being traded to Cleveland at the trade deadline last season.
With the Blazers, Stauskas started hot with 24 points on opening night against the Lakers, but he never found a consistent groove in the rotation. Stauskas scored 10-plus points just eight times in 44 games played. The 25-year-old played in Portland’s first 38 games. Between injuries and coaching decisions, Stauskas only played in six of the Blazers last 14 games.
Wade Baldwin IV only played in 16 games for Portland this season.
The Blazers also recalled Gary Trent Jr. from the G League on Saturday.