Cavs, Blazers announce Hood trade; Simmons released

Sherman Parsons
February 7, 2019

Hood had to agree to the trade because his signing of a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland granted him veto rights.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood, left, drives past Washington Wizards' Tomas Satoransky, from the Czech Republic, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Cleveland. Baldwin, the No. 17 pick by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2016, has mostly played a deep reserve role for Portland.

Hood, 26, has poured in 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game this season for Cleveland.

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In exchange for Hood, the Cavs will acquire guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin, as well as two future second-round picks, according to the report. It is possible they will deal Alec Burks or J.R. Smith before Thursday's trade deadline. The eighth overall pick in 2014 out of MI by the Sacramento Kings, Stauskas (6-foot-6 and 205 pounds) averaged 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 44 games for the Blazers this season, shooting.419 from the field and.344 from 3-point range. 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. Stauskas was signed as a free agent on July 6, 2018. His averages through 56 career games are 3.1 points and 1.4 assists.

Stauskas, 25, and Baldwin, 22, have not started in a game this season.

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