Cavs, Blazers announce Hood trade; Simmons released

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The Blazers will send the Cavaliers two second-round picks, one in 2021 and one in 2023, along with the expiring contracts of guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin IV.

ClevelandRodney Hood made minimal impact on the Cavaliers' postseason run last season. It is worth noting that he is also on an expiring deal, so whether or not the Blazers decide to offer him a new contract this summer remains to be seen. In 45 games this season, Hood is averaging 12.2 points on.427 shooting, 2.0 assists and 2.7 boards over 27.4 minutes a night.

The Cavaliers have traded forward Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers.

It remains unclear where Burks will end up playing after the deadline, but it is all but certain that his days in Cleveland are numbered.

Between the three deals, the Cavaliers have turned their role players into one first-round pick and six second-round picks, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. That allowed him to not only become an unrestricted free agent this July, but also afforded him the chance to veto trades that didn't appeal to his interest.

Stauskas has a career average of 6.9 points per game and Baldwin was a career average of 3.1 points per game.

Baldwin has played in 16 games for the Trail Blazers this season. A restricted free agent last summer with hopes of a long-term contract, Hood ended up accepting a one-year, $3.47 million qualifying offer from the Cavs on September 9. His averages through 56 career games are 3.1 points and 1.4 assists.

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