Rodney Hood returns to the Trail Blazers with a new deal originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest
Things can change quickly in the NBA world.
It was just three days ago that Trail Blazers veteran wing Rodney Hood declined his player option and became a free agent.
But now, Hood will receive more money and stay with the team that he has said he found a home in.
The Trail Blazers and Hood have reportedly agreed to a two-year, $21 million deal with a non-guaranteed next season, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Second year on Hood deal is non-guaranteed, per source. https://t.co/BuSgwNbe19
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2020
Hood was set to make 6.03 million next season had he not declined his player option for this year.
Now he’ll be getting roughly 10.5 million and thus he will see a 57% salary increase.
Back in April during Hood’s Achilles rehab process, he discussed the plan of remaining with the Trail Blazers.
The one thing I do know is that I will be in a Portland Trail Blazers uniform next year. As far as the contract is concerned, it will work itself out when the time comes, but I fully expect to be in a Portland Trail Blazer uniform next year. I want to be back here in Portland.
Now that Hood has had almost a year to rehab from his torn left Achilles, the Trail Blazers will look to get the 28-year-old back on the court continuing to contribute on both ends.
In his shortened season last year, Hood averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds just 21 games played.
And since the Blazers had reestablished Hood’s bird rights they still hold onto their 9.3 million mid-level exception as ESPN’s Bobby Marks explains:
Now with Hood, plus the additions of Robert Covington and Enes Kater, the Blazers still have their MLE and BAE to continue to bolster their roster.