Canadian guard Nik Stauskas traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

Canadian guard Nik Stauskas traded to Cleveland Cavaliers

Hood was traded Monday by the Cavaliers, who acquired guards Nik Stauskas and Wade Baldwin - and their expiring contracts - along with second-round picks in 2021 and 2023 from the Trail Blazers. He also can not carry a team in any consistent way, or, really, be counted on as a wingman for whoever happens to be the alpha scorer.

In his short time in Cleveland, Hood averaged 11.7 points (on 43.2 percent shooting), 2.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 0.8 steals in a total of just 66 games played.

Since Hood was on a one-year qualifying offer with the Cavs, he had to okay to move to Portland, but the trade means he rescinds his Bird rights.

The Blazers (32-20) are now the fourth seed in the West. Stauskas and Baldwin have expiring contracts, which will allow the Cavaliers to clear more salary-cap space to pursue free agents.

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. Stauskas was signed as a free agent on July 6, 2018. He also has been with Texas Legends of the NBA's G League. 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. Hood averaged 11.7 points in 26 minutes. He is in his third season and has played in a total of 56 games with the Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies.

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