The Portland Trail Blazers have made their first big roster move ahead of Thursday's trade deadline, acquiring wing Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Monday. He made his National Basketball Association debut for Sacramento in 2014 and played just over two seasons for Philadelphia before being finishing last season with Brooklyn and signing with Portland in the off-season.
The Blazers (32-20) are now the fourth seed in the West. It is worth noting that he is also on an expiring deal, so whether or not the Blazers decide to offer him a new contract this summer remains to be seen. Bench scorer Jordan Clarkson, rookie Collin Sexton, and second-year man Cedi Osman each score more per game than Hood, while Kevin Love, the Cavs'. His career scoring average is 6.1.
The Cavaliers, third-worst in the league at 11-42, are in a rebuilding campaign after losing LeBron James to free agency and the Los Angeles Lakers last July. The Kings selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2014. Baldwin has played in 16 Blazers games this season. In a Cavs jersey he averaged 11.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per outing.More news: Windhorst: Jabari Parker could be on Lakers 'within the next few days'
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In 45 starts with Cleveland this season, Hood has averaged 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, and two assists in 27.4 minutes per game.
It was just a matter of time before the Cavs were to trade away Hood. A restricted free agent last summer with hopes of a long-term contract, Hood ended up accepting a one-year, $3.47 million qualifying offer from the Cavs on September 9.