Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press
According to reports, the Utah Jazz have been favorable to the Rodney Hood negotiation before the deadline for changes at 3 p.m. ET on February 8.
According to New York Times & # 39; Marc Stein " there is a growing belief in the staff circles of the league" that the Jazz could treat Hood ] with multiple teams that express interest. "
Zach Lowe of ESPN.com confirmed that Utah has explored moving Hood before the deadline.
Hood, 25, entered Friday night's game against the Knicks. from New York averaging 16.7 points in his career with 49.9 percent pitches from the field and 38.6 percent from three pitches.
He is currently in the last year of his rookie contact and will receive a $ 3.4 qualifying offer This summer, assuming the offer is offered, Hood will become a restricted free agent, at which point the Jazz could match any sheet of Hood's poster offer and keep it long-term or choose to let it walk.
] But if the Jazz want to avoid the drama and high costs that could accompany Hood's free agency, get something back now – maybe in the form of expired contracts and future draft picks – could Be a form of office to have an advantage over what will surely be a hectic off-season.