Report: Rodney Hood traded to Cleveland; Joe Johnson to Sacramento

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  • technonerd7 orem, ut
    Feb. 8, 2018 8:24 p.m.

    The Jazz are a better team for the trade, and they gave JJ what he asked for. The Jazz gave SacTown 1.5 Mill to buy out JJ so he could go to a good team. Jazz lower salary cap for the next 2-3 years, and get a better defender with Crowder. They also free up the logjam at the 2 when Exum comes back. Great moves all around by DL.

  • Scooby South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 3:44 p.m.

    This year I gave Hood a new nick name... I called him Jack. Why? Because he had a tendency to just come down the court and 'jack' up shots from any and everywhere. Most often they did not go in.
    Honestly, take away his last two games and nobody is bothered by this trade.

  • hokieland43 Blacksburg, VA
    Feb. 8, 2018 3:11 p.m.

    gdog3 - Johnson asked for a trade or a buyout. Kings will likely buy him out and he can sign with a contender.

  • CrimsonLifer Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 3:02 p.m.

    This year's team is not a championship team. The Jazz are trying to build towards one.

    I know the 7 game win streak gave casual fans false hope and has been fun, while beating the Warriors and Spurs. But the playoffs are different. Those 2 teams in particular will play a lot better over a 7 game series and would eventually eliminate us.

    Jazz weren't going to waste $17-20 million on Hood, which is what he'll demand this summer, to come off the bench (we need more value than Hood could give for that kind of $$).

    They traded Joe Johnson to a team planning to buy his contract out and clear cap space. It was what Joe wanted and classy move by the Jazz. Now Joe can try and find a roster spot with a legit contender this season at a bargain price (while he still got paid).

    Crowder isn't going to give us 30 point nights like Hood, but most nights neither did Hood. Crowder's not as streaky, a better defender and passer. He also saves the Jazz $10-12 to sign an additional talent this off-season to help build a deeper team to contend in the future. Golden State is way too talented this year to beat in 7 game series.

    GO JAZZ!

  • xert Santa Monica, CA
    Feb. 8, 2018 2:29 p.m.

    If you want to look at this trade in a very interesting light--I suggest you look over the career stats of Jae Crowder and Rodney Hood. Look under the letter G--for number of games they play in a season. Jae Crowder has been as durable as an armored personnel carrier over his career. Rodney--(who I love and will always pull for) is in the shop more than an Audi A4. People who judge this trade by the fact that Rodney scores more are missing something important. He's not always there to do that scoring.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    Feb. 8, 2018 2:25 p.m.

    I didn't see the Jazz signing Hood later, so it was in their best interest to get someone for him. Crowder, for some reason, is not playing that well in Cleveland this year. He should benefit offensively from better point play and ball movement in Utah. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions, including centers at times. Cleveland might not miss him much, but I read in more than one article that he was popular in Boston.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2018 2:12 p.m.

    Joe Johnson choosing to come to Salt Lake, be a vet mentor and then help make the playoff series with the Clippers a sweet ride, now gets the relegated shaft from the Jazz by sending him to Sacramento. Talk about purgatory. Sorry Joe.

  • hokieland43 Blacksburg, VA
    Feb. 8, 2018 2:10 p.m.

    I think a lot of people are missing the point of this trade. It isn't about this season. Crowder for Hood isn't an upgrade. I personally would call it a lateral move though, skill wise. Crowder is a good shooter and a above average defender who will fit well in the Jazz system.
    The point of the trade was for next year and beyond. Hood was going to demand more money than the Jazz were willing to pay as a restricted free agent, and most reports say the Jazz weren't bringing him back. They traded him away before they let him go for nothing (like the Millsap and Jefferson situations). They got a better return than I would have expected. And buying out Rose's 1.5 mil/year contract is way cheaper than buying out Johnson's 10.5 mil/year.

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2018 2:07 p.m.

    It would have been much better to avoid the whole negative departure of Gordon Hayward and had the luxury of getting Jae Crowder at that time (Hayward sign and trade). Crowder wouldn't have affected Donovan Mitchell's growth, as that is not the kind of player Crowder is. Plus Hood could have been traded still now for further value on top of that. I did like the idea, which is not in play anymore, of trading Hood, Johnson, Favors and maybe a protected pick for Kevin Love. He seems like the perfect stretch 4 in Synder's system (both offensively and defensively).

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Feb. 8, 2018 1:54 p.m.

    In Hood Cleveland gets a player that potentially can replace the 3-point shooting of the injured Kevin Love for the rest of this season. After the season Hood is a free agent, looking according to some reports to make $20 million next year. Love will get $24 million in the 4th year of a 5 year contract. Will the Cavs drop over $40 million for the same skill set? Won't they bring back Love, a better rebounder and passer than Rodney and a comparable 3-point shooter? If so, are they essentially renting Rodney for the rest of the season and will he be out there on the market this summer after all?

  • philaD Clifton Heights, PA
    Feb. 8, 2018 1:28 p.m.

    Hood, you'll be missed. Stellar player. Good luck in the NBA and life buddy!

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 1:23 p.m.

    I said this on a previous article yesterday and I stand by it. Rodney Hood is a class act, a fine human being, and a great role model. I love the guy and would love to have a friend like him and be able to always associate with people like him. I wish him the best and hope he has a great career because he is one of the good guys who really deserves it.

    But I honestly don't feel this was the best team for him. I think both he and the team will be better off because of this separation. So, feeling that way, I just wanted the Jazz to do it for the RIGHT deal, not just any deal. I think the Jazz did a pretty good job walking away with real value. The only thing that I would have liked more is if they could have gotten a future asset (draft choice) along with Crowder and cap space. I understand that was never very likely so I'm actually feeling pretty good about this deal.

  • burningblue Provo, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:59 p.m.

    @holy moly

    I definitely think Hood wanted out. I'm pretty sure he thought this was going to be his team with Gordon Hayward gone and then Donavan Mitchell came around and spoiled that. He wanted to be the first option on offense, not the fifth.

    Still not happy with this trade, though. It might increase chemistry, trading a player who doesn't like to pass for one who is comfortable playing in a team concept, but it interrupts a Jazz machine that was clicking on all cylinders. Jae Crowder is a decent player, but he isn't capable of producing 20+ points a night.

    I trust Dennis Lyndsey, but I would have rather stayed with who we had and made a strong playoff push.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:49 p.m.

    Initial draft grades give CLE a B+ and UTA a B+. Even SAC got a B grade. This is one of those trades that may have been a win-win-win for all teams involved.

  • Newlin Sandy, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    To fans that think this is a horrible trade for the Jazz (and I don’t pretend to be smart enough to know if it is or isn’t), remember what Frank Layden said:

    “If [coaches/G.M.s] start listenen’ to the fans, pretty soon they’ll be sittin’ by ‘em.”

    And, “If I start listenen’ to the fans, I’ll find myself sittin’ in the stands next to Caller 12.”

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:39 p.m.

    Joe5 best comment ever!

  • Aggie95 Orem, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:32 p.m.

    Great trade for the Jazz. Hate to see both Hood and Johnson go, but there are reasons. Hood is not worth the 20 million/year he would have required to resign. Instead, we get an elite defender and decent 3 point shooter who is on a super good contract for the remainder of this season, plus two more (7-8 million/year).

  • 79Ute Orange County, CA
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:31 p.m.

    It's a good trade for everyone except Johnson. Who wants to be relegated to Sacramento? Rose is a non-issue because he's physically washed up. Hood and Hill should be excited to go to a playoff team with LeBron, although there is no comparison between Snyder and Lue, Lue being a placeholder with LeBron running the team. Glad that Favors wasn't traded and hope he can be re-signed.

  • KellenJW Peachtree City, GA
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:29 p.m.

    LittleAndy, I have to disagree with you on all points. Jae Crowder is a below-average player, and Rose will be cut. We are losing a very solid starting wing, which are in high demand right now. This trade does not make the Jazz better.

    Regarding Cleveland, giving up Isaiah Thomas for George Hill is a clear sign that they are giving up on the season and giving up on keeping LeBron after this season. They also gave away Wade for peanuts. I can't understand how you could interpret that as trying to make a playoff push. Cleveland just threw in the towel.

    Sacramento made out like bandits by getting rid of Hill's ridiculous contract.

  • joe5 South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:18 p.m.

    "Rodney Hood ranks 451st out of 482 players in ESPN's Real Plus-Minus this season. And while he may be averaging a career-high 16.8 points and shooting 38.9 percent from three, the rest of his game has left plenty to be desired." - Toby Jones

    Basketball is about a lot more than racking up points. Hood will be replaced by a combination of O'Neale and Burks and Crowder. The position will be a little less lethal but the team overall is likely to be better both offensively and defensively.

    The Jazz scheme of moving the ball around doesn't fit with Hood's strengths. The ball stops moving when Hood gets it and he rarely passes to assist or give someone else a good shot. His passes are almost always to reset the offense late in the shot clock resulting in a poor, forced shot because Rodney didn't keep the ball moving.

    Defensively there is no comparison. Crowder who is a much better defender than Hood. Crowder will add toughness and energy that Hood just can't provide.

    The Jazz are stronger, not weaker, and any fan who can look beyond scoring average should clearly understand that.

  • fortydam OREM, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:14 p.m.

    Jay Crowder is much better than Hood, great trade. Crowder can drop the threes at almost the same career rate as Hood. What you get is a lock down defender that isn't shy of very physical play. This team just got tougher.

  • holy moly Herrmian, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 12:09 p.m.

    I know Johnson wanted out of Utah. I am wondering if Hood wanted out too.

  • kaysvillecougar KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 11:53 a.m.

    It doesn't make sense except the Jazz are not going to drop 18-20 million on hood to resign next year. He would help us the last 30 games of the season, but wouldn't be here next year. It's too bad, because he could be a big part of the Jazz going forward. I like Jay Crowder, but I doubt he turns into a spectacular scorer.

    We'll miss Joe Johnson, but he hasn't been a big impact this year. Quin does a great job of developing players. The future still looks bright for the Jazz.

  • Little Andy Tremonton, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    This is a great trade. Hood will not be affordable for his next contract and Johnson will be cut by the kings to join another team. Crowder is well worth it and can have Jingles in the second unit to bolster it up. Also Jazz open up a roster spot by buying out Rose. Hill and Hood will fit like a glove for the Cavs . Sounds like Cavs are getting ready for a final push to the playoffs. Cavs also traded Wade back to Heat. So the main things Jazz need to do was move Hood and Johnson.

  • cyruszuo LAKE FOREST, CA
    Feb. 8, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    This trade made the Jazz worse.
    Other than wanting to make a trade I don't understand this.
    Perhaps another trade is coming?

    We traded a SG for a SF.

    Crowder is just like Ingles.
    Good shooter, good defender, doesn't give you big numbers.
    He can't score like Hood.

    The Jazz will struggle to score with this line up and are likely to suffer both short and long term due to this deal.

    Losing streak on the way...

    Rose I assume is cut.
    He can neither shoot nor defend.

    Johnson doesn't end up in a contender, and is also going to be missed, for his scoring and leadership.

    This trade is a step backwards for the Jazz.
    We put a hole in our own shop just when it was getting some speed.

  • Harrry G West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2018 11:27 a.m.

    WHAT? Makes no sense.