After an amazing season for the Portland Trail Blazers in which they got to the Western Conference Finals, the team looks to improve their roster to contend for a championship in the upcoming season. Now, Rodney Hood has re-signed with the Blazers on 2-year and $16 Million deal, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Free agent F Rodney Hood has agreed to a two-year, $16M deal to return to the Portland Trail Blazers, CAA agents Ty Sullivan and Austin Brown tell ESPN. Deal includes a player option.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
The team released a press statement to make official the deal and the Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey talked about the importance that Hood has in the team and his return.
“Rodney became an impact player for us as soon as he joined the team and played a critical role in our regular and postseason success. We are fortunate he chose to return to Portland”.
The team held a press conference in Las Vegas to announce the signing and in it, Hood talked about the factors that weigh in with his decision to stay in Portland.
“It was a lot of deep thought between me and my family. Obviously, my time here has been great. The first couple months, getting traded here, the fanbase really embraced me, the coaching staff, the players, the community. I feel like this is really a place where I wanted to be, I felt it in my heart. I just think it was the best decision for me.”
Hood was acquired by the Blazers in a trade, that included Wade Baldwin IV and Nik Stauskas, with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hood had a big impact during the postseason where he averaged 9.9 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 35.3 percent from the three-point line