It's a business.
That phrase is commonly heard on NBA trade deadline day.
And even though that is the case, it still doesn’t make it easier for teammates and coaches to say goodbye after a trade is made.
Thursday, ahead of the Blazers-Heat contest, several Trail Blazers players tweeted out how much they’re going to miss Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr.
Just hours before the deadline, the Blazers finalized a deal that sent Trent Jr. and Hood to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for shooting guard Norman Powell.
Portland’s coach Terry Stotts had some feelings about losing two valuable wings and teammates ahead of Thursday's game.
Following the game, Enes Kanter added some perspective.
“It’s definitely tough,” Kanter said. “I’ve been traded a lot throughout my career, especially getting traded during the season -- it’s tough, but in the end you’ve got to understand it’s business.“
CJ McCollum, who was the star of the first three quarters in Thursday's win over the Heat, believes the future is bright for both Hoodie and GTJ.
“It’s tough, man, two good guys, two guys who do things the right way, two great teammates, great locker room people and you never want to see them go," McCollum said.
“They’ll be friends of mine for life.”
McCollum also gave praise to Hood for his incredible contributions during the Blazers run to the Western Conference Finals in 2019, saying the Blazers wouldn’t have made it to the WCF without Hood.
Good luck in your next chapters, GTJ and Hoodie!