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Rodney Hood Watch: 5 trades that could make the Utah Jazz better

Rodney Hood could be on the move, we find the best trade partners.

Utah Jazz v Sacramento Kings Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

With Rodney Hood apparently on the trade block, the young wingman is a hot commodity in a market deprived of wings. While many might be surprised by Utah’s intentions with moving Hood before the deadline, the writing has been in the process of being transposed throughout the season, hastened by Donovan Mitchell’s development. Utah has a phenomenal floor spacer in Joe Ingles and with Mitchell, Hood’s role has changed. The fit with Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell is good, but they get a better result with Joe Ingles because Joe Ingles has a lower usage rate. So here we are with Utah finding a new home for 4th year guard.

We asked our staff to come up with their best trades using only the NBA Trade Machine and their terrible taste in opposing players. Some are good, some are bad, some are average, and others could work, but won’t because life as Jazz fan isn’t fair. Let’s go.

Duke teammates swap places

by Tavan Parker (Contributor)
Milwaukee Bucks receive
  • Rodney Hood
  • Derrick Favors

Utah Jazz receive

  • Jabari Parker
  • Mirza Teletovic

The Utah Jazz finally get their dream stretch four and dream partner in the frontcourt next to Rudy Gobert. The Utah Jazz end up running a backcourt of Dante Exum, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Jabari Parker, and Rudy Gobert. The Milwaukee Bucks land Rodney Hood and roll with an insane lineup of Eric Bledsoe, Rodney Hood, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokoumpo, and Derrick Favors. Jason Kidd probably figures some way to misuse this lineup, so Utah ends up giving up a protected 1st rounder to give the Buck’s front office some insurance.

Trust the process at the deadline

by Tavan Parker (Contributor)
Philadelphia 76ers receive
  • Rodney Hood

Utah Jazz receive

  • Richaun Holmes
  • 76ers’ 1st round draft pick (Lotto Protected)

The Utah Jazz take on Richaun Holmes from Philadelphia and the Philadelphia 76ers get someone who can space the floor for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid and, possibly, help replace JJ Reddick if he chooses to leave the 76ers after this season. The Utah Jazz get a stretch four in Richaun Holmes and a pick that will most likely land in the 15-20 range. This is more of a slow rebuild move than a hastening the chase to the playoffs move.

Washington Wing

by Tavan Parker (Contributor)

Washington Wizards receive

  • Rodney Hood

Utah Jazz receive

  • Kelly Oubre Jr.

Utah and Washington swap out wings. Wizards get a more developed wing player who’s able to contribute now to their playoff push, and Utah gets a young win project that is more in line with the new Donovan Mitchell core. It helps that Oubre Jr. isn’t due to receive a big extension until the following year. Utah is able to preserve cap space, gets a quality prospect, and attack free agency.

Cleveland gets serious about righting the ship

by James Hansen (Contributor)

Cleveland Cavaliers receive

  • Joe Johnson
  • Rodney Hood

Utah Jazz receive

  • Jae Crowder
  • Channing Frye
  • 2018 Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1st round draft pick

Cleveland starts to get desperate as the losses mount up. They decide to the pull the trigger on a trade to get Rodney Hood. Due to all the teams vying to overpay for Rodney Hood, the Cavs top all offers by throwing their own draft pick—not the Brooklyn pick. Sorry, folks. The Utah Jazz get Jae Crowder and the expiring contract of Channing Frye. Cleveland gets two guys who can immediately contribute to their playoff push and are not JR Smith and Iman Shumpert. Utah hopes they can return Crowder to his peak form and will use the Cavs 1st round draft pick to find another key piece in their quest to build around Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.

Michael Jordan loses his mind

by Mychal Lowman (Editor)

Charlotte Hornets receive

  • Ricky Rubio
  • Joe Johnson
  • Rodney Hood
  • 2018 Top 8 Protected 1st Round Draft Pick

Utah Jazz receive

  • Marvin Williams
  • Kemba Walker

This is the holy grail of deals. The Utah Jazz look to have one of the most feared backcourts in the West. The Utah Jazz make this deal if they think that the Warriors ability to pay for their roster is over in 2-3 years. That opens the top to a new team. A Kemba-Mitchell-Gobert core could make that work. The Jazz don’t get their prized Mirotic but Marvin Williams does the job for spacing the floor for Rudy Gobert and knows Utah’s organization. The Utah Jazz protect the pick in case Kemba or Rudy suffers another setback. Utah could tank and keep the pick for this year in order to hasten the rebuild around their newfound core.

What’s your trade scenario involving Rodney Hood? Put them in the comments below.


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