Rodney Hood declines player option with Blazers

Rodney Hood is declining his $6 million player option with the Portland Trail Blazers to become a free agent, ESPN reported Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 guard/forward has not played since tearing his left Achilles tendon in a Dec. 6, 2019 game against the Los Angeles Lakers. He is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the new season.

Hood, 28, signed a two-year, $11.7 million deal with Portland in July 2019 that included a player option for 2020-21.

Hood, a first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft, averaged 11.0 points and 3.4 rebounds and shot 49.3 percent from 3-point range in 21 games (all starts) with the Blazers in 2019-20.

He is a career 37.2 percent…

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