The Trail Blazers have reached a two-year deal to retain free agent wing Rodney Hood. According to ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal that includes a player option.
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 Athletic’s Jason Quick provided clarification on the contract immediately after the story broke. According to Quick, the first year will exhaust the Blazers’ taxpayer mid-level exception. The second year of the deal comes in at $6 million and includes a player option.
Source says Rodney Hood deal with Portland is $5.7 mid level next season and player option at $6 million for second season.— Jason Quick (@jwquick) June 30, 2019
NBC Sports Northwest’s Dwight Jaynes also confirmed the contract assessment made by Quick.
Hood, a 26-year-old perimeter player, arrived in Portland prior to the NBA Trade Deadline. He was featured in 27 regular season games (four starts) and was a crucial contributor to the Blazers’ run to the Western Conference Finals. He recorded 9.6 points per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field during his time with Portland.
Hood etched his name into Rip City lore with a heroic performance in the Blazers’ Game 3 overtime victory against the Nuggets. After sitting out two consecutive overtime periods, Hood returned to the court to seal the victory for Portland.
Along with Kent Bazemore, Hood will comprise a re-tooled wing rotation for coach Terry Stotts.