Milwaukee Bucks: This is how each free agent signing helps the team

Dec 21, 2018; Boston, MA, USA: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton, Cleveland Cavaliers: Rodney Hood
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Rodney Hood brings second unit scoring to the Milwaukee Bucks

As for Rodney Hood, the biggest unknown is currently his health as he prepares to start this new journey with the Bucks.

The swingman has battled through injuries over the past several years, most notably suffering an Achillies tear in 2019 and suffering a hip injury that sidelined him for significant time last season. With his overall free agent value low following consecutive injury-plagued seasons, Hood’s very team-friendly deal suggests that he is looking to prove himself on a contender. If this offseason has been good to him in his recovery, Hood could be a meaningful contributor from day one next season.

The biggest way Hood could contribute would be his offense. Prior to his Achillies injury, the swingman was a walking double-figure scorer. Scoring at the rim, mid-range, and from deep, Hood has a great game offensively backed by a smooth shot. Although he had a poor season offensively last year, it is somewhat understandable as he was battling back from his Achilles injury while going through these recent issues with his hip.

Looking to get back on track, a well-rested Hood could be a positive contributor offensively without question for a team that could stand for more scoring off the bench. Of course, only time will tell just how healthy he is, but the team’s front office was obviously willing to make the move to bring Hood aboard regardless. The swingman has potential waiting to be unleashed, and he may have landed in the perfect position to help unearth it.