Potential Free agents with CAA connections: Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood’s in the middle of rehabbing a torn left Achilles tendon. He joins the long list of players – including Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins, and former Knick Wesley Matthews – that either underwent or are undergoing the rehab of the same injury. Hood’s been spotted back on the court practicing in the Portland Trailblazers practice facility, but clearly has a long way to go before returning to the basketball court.
Hood has a player option worth $6 million for the 2020-21 season. As recently as April, Hood stated that he expects to be back with the Trailblazers next season. However, free agency doesn’t commence until October 2020. That gives Hood the option to be very close to full recovery by then.
The Knicks, knowing this, could easily convince Hood to decline his player option while gambling on his return to full health with a balloon 1+1 contract. His defense plus three-point proficiency are traits very valuable to the Knicks. Before the injury, Hood shot 51% from the field and nearly 50% from three.
The Knicks also have the advantage of Walt Perrin. Perrin scouted Hood while with the Utah Jazz and encouraged the front office to draft him in 2014, despite falling in the draft and refusing to workout with the team.