SALT LAKE CITY – Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson are no longer with the Utah Jazz. They were a part of a 3-team trade that came down hours before the NBA trade deadline, and first reported by ESPN.
The Jazz sent Hood to Cleveland and Johnson to Sacramento. In return, the Jazz received Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose from the Cavaliers.
Crowder is the big prize for the Jazz. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season in Cleveland, but those numbers dropped from his output last season in Boston, when he averaged 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. The 27-year-old forward is a versatile defender, and a proven 3-point shooter on the wing.
The Jazz are expected to release Rose. He was the 2011 NBA MVP, but has struggled with injuries.
Hood was the second-leading scorer on the Jazz, averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game this season, but he might be too expensive for the Jazz to re-sign this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of this season.
Cleveland also received former Jazz point guard George Hill in the deal, and the Kings picked up Iman Shumpert and a 2022 second round draft pick from the Cavaliers.