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Rip City, the wait is over.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Twitter that the Portland Trail Blazers have just traded Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin IV, and two future second round picks for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood. According to Wojnarowski, “Hood was one of the Hood was one of the more pursued rotation wings on the market and gives Blazers another offensive weapon for a postseason run.” Not only does this trade have a significant impact on the team's prospects for the rest of the season, but it also calms some of the frustrations that Blazer fans had towards GM Neil Olshey.
This season, Hood has averaged 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 0.8 steals per game while maintaining 42.7/36.2/91.2 shooting splits. Over his five year career, Hood has been known as a player with a high potential, and will finally get an opportunity to showcase his talents on a consistent scale.
Offensively, Hood is known for his shooting, but can use his size and length in order to create space for himself. While he has never been the most consistent defender, his size could make him fit perfectly within Terry Stotts’ team concept, which tends to create a unit better than the individual parts. One final thing to consider is that Hood had to waive his no-trade clause, a by product of signing the qualifying offer in the summer of 2018, meaning Hood WANTED to join the current core of Lillard, McCollum, and Nurkic. The Blazers, who have been exposed in the playoffs previously due to the lack of shooting outside of the backcourt, will gladly welcome someone of Hood’s caliber. While Hood is not the perfect player, he could be the perfect fit for Rip City in what is sure to be an exciting rest of the season.
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