Cavaliers trade forward Rodney Hood to Trail Blazers

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Reportedly highly pursued, Hood will help the Portland Trail Blazers navigate the tightly bunched Western Conference playoff race after agreeing to a Sunday afternoon trade.

Stauskas, a native of Mississauga, ON, signed a one-year deal with the Blazers in 2018 and will also be a free agent this offseason. In 45 games this season, Hood is averaging 12.2 points on.427 shooting, 2.0 assists and 2.7 boards over 27.4 minutes a night.

ESPN reports that the two teams have agreed to a trade of Hood for Portland guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin and two second-round picks, one in 2021 and one in 2023.

It remains unclear where Burks will end up playing after the deadline, but it is all but certain that his days in Cleveland are numbered.

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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.

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.

Stauskas has a career average of 6.9 points per game and Baldwin was a career average of 3.1 points per game. He signed a one-year, $3.4 million U.S. qualifying offer last summer. Baldwin, 22, played in 16 games for the Blazers and averaged 1.9 points. In a Cavs jersey he averaged 11.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per outing.

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