Rodney Hood says he expects, and reportedly welcomes, Jazz to trade him

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Donovan Mitchell has quickly ascended as a foundational player for the Jazz.

Where does that leave Rodney Hood, who many figured would become Gordon Hayward‘s heir apparent as Utah’s best perimeter offensive player before Mitchell seized that role?

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Hood has become a player teams are inquiring about, with the 25-year-old very open to a change of scenery, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

“My gut feeling is that I won’t be here by the deadline. I’ve enjoyed my time here, but I’ve felt isolated the past month and I would not be surprised if I was moved.

Hood is still playing 27.8 minutes per game (up from last season) and posting career highs in usage (27.5%) and true shooting (55.1%). It’s not as if Mitchell has rendered him useless.

But do the Jazz want to pay Hood in restricted free agency next summer? Maybe not anymore.

So, it makes some sense to deal him now. Plenty of teams are interested. The 25-year-old shooting guard is a strong 3-point shooter, and his 6-foot-8 frame helps defensively. He’s also a good ball-handler, which suggests an ability to grow into an even bigger role.

That’s just unlikely to happen in Utah, where Mitchell is taking over.

So, maybe this is wishful thinking by Hood, who sounds ready to move on. Or perhaps he and his agent have truly gathered that a trade by today’s deadline is more likely than not.