Rodney Hood Could Be Traded Before Deadline

JANUARY 20, 1:51pm: Expanding on Stein’s report from Friday, Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune writes that the Jazz have “increased efforts” to move Hood before February 8. According to Jones, there’s enough interest around the NBA that Hood will likely end up being dealt.

JANUARY 19, 9:25pm: There’s growing belief around the NBA that the Jazz could move swingman Rodney Hood before the trade deadline, Marc Stein of the New York Times reports (via Twitter). The scribe adds that several teams have already expressed interest.

Hood, the 25-year-old guard initially expected to shoulder more of Utah’s offensive load with Gordon Hayward out of the picture, has been underwhelming in his fourth season. While his 16.7 PPG are commendable, he doesn’t offer the Jazz the all-around package or general upside that standout rookie guard Donovan Mitchell has.

Hood, in the final year of his rookie deal, will hit restricted free agency this summer, so any team acquiring the shooting guard would essentially have several months to trial him as a possible long-term solution.

Hood’s underwhelming 2017/18 season recently boiled over in an incident earlier this month in which he slapped a phone out of a fan’s hand, resulting in a $35K fine.

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15 thoughts on “Rodney Hood Could Be Traded Before Deadline

    • Damien Grace

      I actually think that’s a great idea. Do salaries match up?

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    • They just moved a number one for Rubio and Mitchell plays point when Rubio isn’t on the court. While Kemba is good, not sure he is the player they’d be looking for. Small or power forward would be the target positions in my opinion, or a first round pick from someone who needs Hood’s skills.

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      • Connorsoxfan

        What if Boston fit him into their DPE and sent their own first this year and an unprotected 2nd either this year or next year? That would be about fair, and he would essentially be a rental for them or someone they QO and hope there is no market for. But that would just give them one more legit scoring threat, and in addition to a big I think another scorer is a need especially if Hayward isn’t back for playoffs. Being able to expand the playoff rotation one more spot is a big advantage.

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        • Hood does enough to warrant more than the Celtics own first rounder. Their first rounder this year doesn’t hold that much value to bring in a starter-caliber player (considering its likely to be a late first rounder). They’d likely have to send one of the Memphis or LA Clippers picks to make it work.

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          • I agree, he does. He’s one dimensional, but very good at it (scoring). Would be a great 6th man off the bench who can still drop 15-20 per game.

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  1. x%sure

    Hood is not really an in-system player so an interested team would find out quickly enough what they have. He has a lot to offer and I have opined (against consensus I think) that he could be a good defender/”two-way player” if that was his assignment, instead of trying to be a Hayward, or a spot gunner like how Utah used him before.
    On the Cavs he somewhat duplicates Jeff Green, and the Cavs are already trying to intehrate IT, TT and Rose. But Green, Wade, and others will probably not return, so there will be room next year. Not that I would object if they got him!

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  2. Jeg783

    Why Cav fans reaching? Rodney Hood would be a desperation move. Cavs just trash and why would Boston waste a draft pick on Hood when they can get a younger cheaper player in the draft. Boston isn’t taking Hood. But Cav fans killing me talking like Hood would make a difference when.they have to face whoever cones from the West. Cavs are screwed because of GM Lebron. Too many Clutch Sport Clients on that squad

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    • hiflew

      Um, they would make the trade because the player in the draft can’t help them win a title this year. And because they have like 10 draft picks in the next 3 years and have room for maybe 3-4 of them.

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    • x%sure

      Having Hood would especially help a team that reverts to hero-ball at critical moments. Also I project that he can be motivated to effectively switch onto Durant– (or after tonight, P.George.)

      Smith, Zizic, Clev.#1 for Hood, Favors OR
      Shumpert/Crowder, Zizic, Clev.#1 for Hood, Ekpe Udoh.

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  3. Blazers, wizards, spurs, raptures, 6ers, cavs, heat, bucks, thunder
    All these teams would use him 20+ min a night and he’d help every one out

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  4. Michael Chaney

    I tried to read this article but Rodney Hood threw my phone before I could finish

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  5. ChuMac22

    Charlotte may having some interesting pieces to offer Jazz for (Hood for Batum seems like a realistic option)he can fill the void that needed at SF position in Utah with Sefalosha sidelined.(*Im sure fellow Frenchmen Gobert will be happy for that exchange as well). But I think that the Bulls may be the mostly trade partner with Mirotic being the player that ends up in Utah. A trade like (Hood and Favors for Mirotic and Robin Lopez trade) may work well for both teams. Lopez can definitely a better backup option for Gobert.

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