Rodney Hood Rumors

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Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood
Position: F
Born: 10/20/92
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:187 lbs. / 84.8 kg.
Salary: $2,386,864
The Utah Jazz and starting shooting guard Rodney Hood have opened contract extension negotiations, the Salt Lake Tribune has learned. The two sides have had preliminary conversations as the Jazz hope Hood can become their primary perimeter scorer this season after Gordon Hayward left for the Boston Celtics. Another meeting is expected to occur in the next few weeks, according to league sources. Hood, who will enter his fourth season in the league, is eligible for a rookie scale contract extension, with Oct. 16 the deadline to reach an agreement.
Once it became apparent that Rudy Gobert was indispensable, the Jazz re-signed the big man to a $102 million deal in 2016. And, according to previous reports, the Jazz were willing to pay Gordon Hayward up to $177 million if he chose to stay in Salt Lake City, which could in turn increase Hood’s chances of becoming the next player in Utah to get a substantial raise. The loss of Hayward creates room for Hood to prove himself to Utah’s brass, further cementing himself as one of the team’s core pieces. Hayward led the team in shots per game with 15.8 and George Hill was second at 12.4. Someone has to fill the scoring void, and it likely won’t be any of the players the Jazz signed this offseason.