12. Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz
Thanks to standout rookie Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood’s time with the Utah Jazz could be nearing its end.
On Friday night, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported, “There is a growing belief in league personnel circles that Utah could move swingman Rodney Hood before the Feb. 8 trade deadline…with multiple teams expressing interest.” Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune one-upped Stein shortly thereafter, writing, “The Jazz have increased efforts to move the shooting guard” before the trade deadline, “and there is enough interest throughout the league that Hood likely will be with another team for the remainder of the season.”
Hood has bounced in and out of Utah’s starting lineup this season, as Mitchell has absorbed the No. 1 scoring role Hood was expected to embrace in Gordon Hayward’s absence heading into the year. Given Hood’s history of leg injuries and his impending date with restricted free agency, the Jazz may no longer envision him as a long-term building block.
Whichever team trades for Hood would have the right to match any offer sheet he signed in restricted free agency, which should make him a more enticing trade target than most soon-to-be free agents. If the Jazz do decide to move on, they should have little trouble finding interested suitors.
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