Cavs acquire Rodney Hood and George Hill in 3 team trade

Ruben Hill
February 10, 2018

Oklahoma City dominated the Golden State Warriors 108-91 in their only other meeting this season and with the way the Thunder play defense, (they rank sixth in the National Basketball Association in points allowed per game) they present an interesting matchup with Golden State.

Those are good memories, and Hood and Johnson won't be forgotten around here. The Cavs have added a 2020 second-rounder in the deal. The rookie has played so well, which had caused a logjam at the wing for Utah. "While George Hill brings leadership and shot making ability as well as a 7'0" wingspan at the point guard position. Sacramento does the same, dumping Hill's large contract and freeing up playing time for their younger players. Last summer's veteran signings may have been short sighted, but all you can do is move forward the best you can. He's a better player than he's looked with Cleveland and will likely benefit from Utah's structured system on offense and defense.

Joe Johnson is also being sent from the Jazz to the Kings as part of the deal. Let's grade the Hood-Hill deal for each team. Getting a solid rotation player who can fill the 3/4 role in Crowder is an upgrade for this year. Yet the obvious conclusion is that the team was ready to move on from Hood when he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. First, though, some appreciation for Hood and Johnson: The Jazz wouldn't have claimed their first playoff series victory - or even their first playoff win, period - in seven years without those guys.

Rose doesn't want to be in Utah and the Jazz don't want him around either. Detroit made a big splash in acquiring Blake Griffin and a player like Hood could be the piece that keeps teams like the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat above the Pistons in the standings.

Will Rose help the Wolves though?

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