Trail Blazers swing National Basketball Association deal with Cavs for guard Rodney Hood

Trail Blazers swing National Basketball Association deal with Cavs for guard Rodney Hood

Trail Blazers swing National Basketball Association deal with Cavs for guard Rodney Hood

According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Portland Trail Blazers and Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to a deal that sends 6-foot-7 wing Rodney Hood to Portland in exchange for Canadian Nik Stauskas and third-year guard Wade Baldwin IV.

Canada's Stauskas, 25, averaged 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists with the Trail Blazers this season.

For his part, Hood will provide some much-needed firepower for the Portland bench, and he should be effective in injecting some energy to the team's second unit.

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Hood, drafted in the first round by the Utah Jazz in 2014, will give Portland some more scoring punch and can take some pressure off guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts, which will allow the Cavaliers to clear more salary-cap space to pursue free agents.

Hood had to agree to the trade because he signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland, which granted him veto rights. Baldwin, 22, played in 16 games for the Blazers and averaged 1.9 points. In 66 games and 56 starts with the Cavs, he scored 11.7 points per game, with 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. With in-season trades of Hood, Kyle Korver, George Hill and Sam Dekker, Cleveland has acquired seven draft picks - including a first-rounder and six second-round choices.

It was just a matter of time before the Cavs were to trade away Hood. It's basketball. I'm healthy.

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