The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired Cleveland Cavaliers forward Rodney Hood.
The Blazers will send the Cavaliers two second-round picks, one in 2021 and one in 2023, along with the expiration contracts of guard Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV.
Hood had to accept the exchange because his signing of a qualified offer for one year and $ 3.4 million last summer with Cleveland gave him veto rights. He will lose his rights to Bird in summer free agency, but his enthusiasm for joining the Blazers in a push to the playoffs allowed his approval of the deal, league sources said. Portland can still re-sign Hood using one of his exceptions. The Blazers are 32-20 and fourth in the Western Conference.
The Cavaliers continue to add draft badets and continue to perform guard operations. Alec Burks and JR Smith before the trade deadline on Thursday. With the seasonal exchanges of Hood, Kyle Korver, George Hill and Sam Dekker, Cleveland has acquired seven draft picks, including a first round and six second-round picks.
Hood, 26, has started 45 games for the Cavaliers this season, averaging 12.2 points, just below his career average. He spent more than three seasons with the Utah Jazz before arriving in Cleveland a year ago as part of a three-team deal.
The employee of the ESPN office, Bobby Marks, contributed to this report.