It was nearly a year ago that the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Rodney Hood.
Now, the fifth-year shooting guard could once again be on the move.
With the Feb. 7 NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, the Cavs figure to be one of the league's most active teams. With a roster clearly unfit to compete, Cleveland has already shown a willingness to look toward the future, even if it means trading away talent and taking on more salary in the short term.
Of the players on the Cavs' roster who seem likely to be dealt, Hood would seemingly be toward -- if not at -- the top of the list. On Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic confirmed as much, reporting in his weekly "Inside Pass" column that Hood has become a "targeted" piece on the trade market.
"Rodney Hood is garnering interest from several teams," Charania wrote. "Teams such as New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Milwaukee have looked into wing help. For a Cavaliers team with heavy salaries throughout the roster, Hood has emerged as a targeted piece."
One potential complication for Cleveland in dealing Hood could be that he actually possesses a no-trade clause on the 1-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer he signed with the Cavs prior to the start of the 2018-19 season. But given that Cleveland currently lays claim to the worst record in the NBA at 9-39, it would seem likely the Duke product would be willing to sign off on a change of scenery.
And while it, of course, takes two to tango, with the market short on sellers, the Cavs shouldn't have a difficult time finding trade partners in the next two weeks.
In 40 games this season, the 6-foot-8 swingman has averaged 12.7 points on .439 shooting, including a .361 clip from 3-point range.
What sort of return Hood could bring back in a trade will be determined in the weeks -- if not days -- to come. But at this point, it appears to be a matter of "when" and not "if" he'll once again be on the move.