Ranking the Milwaukee Bucks trade assets ahead of the deadline

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Milwaukee Bucks: Rodney Hood
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Ranking Milwaukee Bucks trade assets – #4: Rodney Hood

I wasn’t as wrong about Rodney Hood as I was about Ojeleye. I thought there was some upside with how he’d shot the ball in the past, but that he’d struggled since suffering an awful Achilles injury.

Well, he sure has struggled!

Admittedly there isn’t a huge gap between Ojeleye and Hood in terms of their value. Ojeleye has the defensive upside and Hood can score the ball, sort of. He’s shooting 44 percent on 2-point attempts but under 31 percent on 3s.

It’s not saying much, but he’s been more likely to get minutes off the bench than Ojeleye has been as head coach Mike Budenholzer looks for spacing around Antetokounmpo. However, his spacing has been more theoretical than actual, which means he doesn’t have a ton of trade value either.

But hey, he’s averaging almost 15 minutes a night in his 38 games played! Sure, part of that is because the Bucks haven’t been able to field a full roster very often this season, but Budenholzer trusts him enough, I guess!

His cap hit is similar to Ojeleye’s and also expires at the end of the season. He’s another option to be cut if they want an extra roster spot for a buyout market player (*cough* Thaddeus Young *cough*) but can also be added to a trade to help match salaries.

Hood and Ojeleye don’t seem like bad guys and it looks like their teammates get along with them. It just hasn’t worked out in their short time with the Bucks so far and I’d be surprised if either of them were on the team beyond the buyout market, whether that be a trade or being released to open a spot up.