Everything you need to know about Rodney Hood
Now that the deal to acquire wing Rodney Hood from Cleveland in exchange for guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and a pair of second-round draft picks has become official…
Let’s get to know the newest Trail Blazer…
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 206 lbs
College: Missippi State (2011-2012) and Duke (2013-2014)
Draft Class: 2014 with the 23rd overall pick by Utah
Hood has been known for his shooting as well as being a solid and lengthy defender.
This season Hood started all 45 games that he appeared in with the Cavs. For his career, he has started 223 out of his 293 games played.
2018-19 Season stats:
36.2 Three-Point %
Hood signed a 1-year deal worth $3,472,887 with the Cleveland Cavaliers last year. Hood will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
"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," Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
What to expect with Hood’s minutes
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts joined Dan and Nigel on 'Rip City Mornings' on Monday to talk more about how he sees Hood fitting into the rotation. Stotts was asked if that means Jake Layman is going back to the bench for now?
Stotts responded with: "You do the math."
Coach Stotts also said after Monday’s practice, that they had sent Hood video of some of their sets and plays.
Dwight Jaynes has more on how Hood will come in and play right away.
Rodney was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi.
Both of his parents played basketball at Mississippi State from 1978-80.
Hood has a three-year old son named Rodney Jr. Hood. He and his longtime girlfriend Richa Jackson tied the knot on July 29th of 2016. The couple welcomed their first child, Rodney Jr. on January 3rd, 2016.
What are his new teammates saying about him?
Just minutes after the trade was first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Blazers had just concluded Sunday’s practice and addressed the media about the deal.
“I don’t like that he went to Duke,” CJ McCollum joked. “But besides that, I think he can play. He’s a solid player. He’s a big guard, good mid-range, pretty good pick-and-roll… I know he’s in a contract year, so he’ll be eager to get out there and play well.”
Damian Lillard added: “I love him as a player. I respect him. I remember when he was in Utah, he was breaking into the rotation and he always came in and gave them a spark. He’s a good-sized wing who can score the ball, shoot the ball, solid defender."