Portland Trail Blazers: Ranking the top three value contracts on the roster

Jusuf Nurkic #27 of the Portland Trail Blazers (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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Rodney Hood – $5,718,00 – next year $6,003,900

This may be a controversial entry due to his injury, but we all know how well Rodney Hood was playing when he got injured.

He was having a career year and over a good sample of 21 games, he had some of the best shooting numbers in the league. Hood has had an up and down last couple of years after being thrust into the spotlight on LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers team in the 2018 Finals.

He struggled in that role, then was traded to the Blazers where he showed up big in some playoff games last year. This year he was the starting small forward in town and he was about to have a career year on a lot of fronts.

Stat line – 11.0 points, 3.4 rebounds on shooting of 50.6 percent from the field, 49.3 percent from three and 77.8 percent from the line.

There’s no doubt that even if his efficiency dropped a little, Hood would have had a career year efficiency wise and put up stats similar to other good starters in the league. These were also on only 29.5 minutes a night.

In a position of scarcity as a wing in the NBA, to have a player performing at this level on only around $6 million a year, is very good value.

Hood will almost certainly opt into his player option of $6 million next year. If he is at a similar level, then this contract still looks very good. Wings get in the vicinity of $10 million a year, especially ones that can shoot. Let’s hope that Hood comes back strong next season.

Grade – Great value