Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Canadian guard Nik Stauskas traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

Canadian guard Nik Stauskas traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

ClevelandRodney Hood made minimal impact on the Cavaliers' postseason run last season.

The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired guard Rodney Hood from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for guards Wade Baldwin IV, Nik Stauskas and two future second-round draft picks, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey.

Because Hood was playing on a one-year qualifying offer, he had to approve going to Portland and waive his Bird rights.

Portland (32-20) is now fourth in the Western Conference behind the Nuggets, Warriors and Thunder.

Mired in a rebuilding season forced by the free agency departure of LeBron James and Kevin Love's foot injury in the preseason opener that required November 2 surgery, the Cavs continue to build an impressive treasure chest. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts, which will allow the Cavaliers to clear more salary-cap space to pursue free agents.

With the league's trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m., the Cavs could also move guard Alec Burks.

Despite spending only a year with the Cavs (Hood arrived in Cleveland on February 8, 2018 via three-team trade from the Utah Jazz), this did not prevent the 26-year-old from forming a precious bond with the city. His career scoring average is 6.1. Stauskas was signed as a free agent on July 6, 2018. The Kings selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2014. Hood averaged 11.7 points in 26 minutes.

Hood, a five-year veteran out of Duke, is averaging 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 36.3 from long range.

It was just a matter of time before the Cavs were to trade away Hood.

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