Cleveland Cavaliers acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill in three-team deal

The deal will see Utah's Joe Johnson head to the Kings, while Cleveland's Derrick Rose and Jae Crowder go to the Jazz.

They were a part of a 3-team trade that came down hours before the National Basketball Association trade deadline, and first reported by ESPN.

As for Hood, he's averaging 16.8 points per game for the Jazz and has proven to be a consistent scorer off the bench. "For Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose, Derrick Rose suuuuuuucks". Meanwhile, the Jazz and Kings are concerned about their future, making an ideal trade to allow for their young players to grow. And he'll transition to being essentially a de facto expiring contract next year, as only $1 million of his $18 million salary in 2019-20 is guaranteed. The Kings acquire Joe Johnson from the Jazz.

A more likely target for opposing teams is swingman Rodney Hood. Now the Cavaliers have made another major move to shore up their roster. He'll pair with the newly-acquired Clarkson to give the Cavs scoring from the wing that they've been missing for most of the season.

Hill will take over as the Cavaliers' starting point guard and his shooting ability should make the veteran a nice fit for the offense, but tonight, it'll likely be a lot of Jose Calderon in Cleveland's backcourt. Hood has one year left on his deal before he becomes a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019. Sports' Shams Charania reported that the Jazz will be releasing Rose, sending the point guard back into the market.

Johnson (6-7, 240, Arkansas) is a seven-time NBA All-Star in his 17th NBA season, now averaging 7.3 points 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32 games (three starts) this season.

Walker has played a critical role for the Hornets on the road over the past two weeks.

  • Stacy Allen