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Rodney Hood: Signing for Love or Money

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Jason Quick of the Athletic explains how Rodney Hood chose happiness over a payday.

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There is no doubt in Rip City that Rodney Hood found a home this season with the Portland Trail Blazers, and Jason Quick of the Athletic digs into how Hood made the choice to stay in Portland in a recent piece. According to Hood, it came down to one key factor: happiness. Hood, who had bounced from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Blazers, had discovered an environment and a team where he felt at home.

“What can make me happy? Where can I fit?” Hood remembers debating with his wife. “It was about long term. Where can I find a home in this league? Where can I be the best player I can be? Where is my family going to fit? All of that played into it, and it always came back to Portland. Every single time.”

With only the tax payer mid-level exception to offer Hood, it did not appear that Hood would remain in Portland. However, his values played a distinct role in his decision to stay with the team that had accepted him following a trade from the Cavaliers during the 2018-19 season.

So Hood’s signing, albeit modest, was a victory for what the Blazers hope becomes their reputation – an organization where players enjoy playing and settling with their family.

“Some of the things Rodney values are what we value in terms of situation, culture, character and finding a home,” Olshey said.

According to Quick, Hood’s relocation to Portland brought with it a rediscovered enjoyment of basketball, his teammates, and his role. Between the welcome he received from players like Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and the coaching from Terry Stotts, Hood fit in a way he had not before.

Let the Mt. Rodney Hood memes continue.

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