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Cavs trade Rodney Hood to Portland for Nik Stauskas, two second-round picks

Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnaroswski, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade swingman Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers for guards Nik Stauskus, Wade Baldwin and two second-round picks.

Hood averaged 12.2 points per game while shooting 36.2 percent from three-point range this season.

Stauskas and Baldwin are set to enter free agency when the season ends, so this trade is more about the draft picks that the Cavs acquired than the players.

Per RealGM, Cleveland already three extra draft picks (two second-round picks) coming their way by the 2021 NBA Draft. The Cavs now have up to five extra draft picks to either use as pieces for future deals or on players that can hopefully become part of the team’s core.

Never forget that players like Draymond Green, Malcolm Brogdon, Trevor Ariza and even Cleveland’s sixth man, Jordan Clarkson, were second-round draft picks.

On the court, Stauskus and Baldwin aren’t going to pop off the screen. Stauskus is a known three-point threat but a one-dimensional player and Baldwin is a combo guard with a defensive streak who can do a bit of everything on offense but nothing particularly well. With neither player averaging above 6.1 points per game or shooting above 34.4 percent from three-point range, it’s hard to see the trade as making the team better in the short-term or them staying in the long-term.

The Cavs look to be tanking; tryin’ for Zion.

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