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.
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.
gdog3 - Johnson asked for a trade or a buyout. Kings will likely buy him out
and he can sign with a contender.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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?
Dang. Hood, you'll be missed. Stellar player. Good luck in the NBA
and life buddy!
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.
@holy molyI 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
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.
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.”
Joe5 best comment ever!
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
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
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.
"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 JonesBasketball 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.
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.
I know Johnson wanted out of Utah. I am wondering if Hood wanted out too.
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.
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
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.Why?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.
WHAT? Makes no sense.