Day 1 of NBA free agency is officially in the books.
For the Portland Trail Blazers, Rodney Hood is back, Al-Farouq Aminu is gone, and there’s a new forward headed to the City of Roses, Mario Hezonja.
Here’s a quick recap of all things Trail Blazers from the first day of NBA free agency.
Before the clock struck 3:00 p.m. PT, the dominoes began to fall. One of the first moves the Blazers made was locking in All-Star guard, Damian Lillard, to a supermax contract deal.
Damian Lillard + Portland Trail Blazers = Supermax pic.twitter.com/zCOEP2Hlj8— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) June 30, 2019
And then things got real. The first news of free agency for Portland was involving Al-Farouq Aminu, who agreed to a three-year deal with Orlando reportedly worth $29 million.
The Trail Blazers did get a bit of good news-- Rodney Hood will stay in Rip City. Portland kept a key piece of its roster by retaining Hood, who reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with the Blazers.
Free agent forward Mario Hezonja is headed to Portland. The former No. 5 overall pick in 2015 agreed to a two-year minimum deal with the Trail Blazers. He started 24 games for the Knicks last season and averaged 8.8 points along with 4.3 rebounds.
Blazers insider Dwight Jaynes believes retaining Hood and the addition of Hezonja is “a big coup” for Portland GM Neil Olshey.
Retaining playoff hero @rodneyhood, adding @mariohezonja, a big coup for Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey.— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) July 1, 2019
The latest from Blazers insider @dwightjaynes 🔗 https://t.co/hpSCLA39AP pic.twitter.com/046AXrrfGL
Here’s a look at how fans reacted to the re-signing of Hood and the addition of Hezonja on Twitter.
Several free agents, including Seth Curry and Enes Kanter, are still on the board as of Monday morning. We could be in for some more exciting moves as Day 2 of free agency gets underway.