Hoodie is back in Rip City, officially.
The Portland Trail Blazers announced the re-signing of small forward Rodney Hood Sunday afternoon, the first day the franchise could officially sign free agents.
Starting Friday at 3 p.m. PT, teams could engage in talks with free agents to verbally agree to contract terms but nothing could be signed until Sunday afternoon.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski originally reported that Rodney Hood and the Trail Blazers had reached an agreement for a two-year, $21 million contract with a non-guaranteed second year shortly following the beginning of free agency. Hood had opted out of a $6 million player option heading into free agency.
The Blazers used early bird rights to re-sign Hood, which was more money than he could receive from going into any other team's $9.3 million mid-level exception.
“Rodney played a critical role in our run to the Western Conference Finals in 2018-19 and was off to a great start last year prior to his season being cut short due to injury,” said Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey in the team's press release. “Now fully healthy we expect him to make an immediate impact and are pleased he chose to stay in Portland.”
Hood, who ruptured his left Achilles against the Los Angeles Lakers in December 2019, has had nearly a year to recover from the injury and should be ready to start the season when it begins on December 22nd.
The 28-year old averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in just 21 games played as the Trail Blazers' starting small forward.
Welcome back Hoodie!