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    Former Meridian star Rodney Hood dealt to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Thursday, February 8, 2018, February 08, 2018 EDT Last Updated 2018-02-09T03:26:33Z
    Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) gestures in the second half of the game 
    against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
    (Photo: Jennifer Stewart, USA TODAY Sports)
    Former Meridian star Rodney Hood is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Hood, who has played the entirety of his four-season NBA career with the Utah Jazz, was shipped to the defending Eastern Conference finalists on Thursday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

    It's part of a three-way deal between the Cavs, Jazz and Sacramento Kings. George Hill is also going to Cleveland, with Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose headed to Utah and Joe Johnson and Iman Shumpert to Sacramento.

    Hood is averaging 16.8 points per game on 42.4 percent shooting this season for the Jazz. He was expected to take a much larger role in the offense with the offseason departure of Gordon Hayward, but Hood has come off the bench in 27 of his 39 appearances. He told Yahoo earlier this week he expected to be moved.

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    "It’s been tough for me, it has been, but at the same time, my obligation is to have a job,” Hood told Yahoo Sports. “For my family, for my loved ones, my priority is to have a job and perform. I’ve had great times in Utah, but regardless of where I’m playing, whether it’s there or somewhere else, I’m going to stay professional. I’m going to stick with it.

    “My gut feeling is that I won’t be here by the deadline. I’ve enjoyed my time here, but I’ve felt isolated the past month and I would not be surprised if I was moved."

    Hood is in the final year of his contract, and will provide outside shooting on a Cavs team that desperately needs it.

    Hood was a standout player at Meridian and one of the top recruits in the country before starting his college career at Mississippi State. He transferred to Duke following Rick Stansbury's departure from MSU, and Hood was a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft.


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