SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Despite being in the midst of a 7-game winning streak, the Utah Jazz are shaking the team up at the trade deadline.
As first reported by ESPN, the Jazz have traded shooting guard Rodney Hood to Cleveland and forward Joe Johnson to Sacramento in a 3-way deal that will bring forward Jae Crowder and point guard Derrick Rose to Utah.
The Jazz are expected to release Rose, the 2010-11 NBA Most Valuable Player, who has battled multiple injuries and is averaging a career-low 9.8 points and 1.3 assists per game this season.
Hood, a first round draft pick in 2014, is averaging a career-high 16.8 points per game this season, but will become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, when he is expected to receive a lucrative offer. The Jazz wanted to get an asset for him before having to decide if they were going to match an offer from another team.
Johnson was acquired prior to the 2016-17 season, and has showed signs of slowing down in his 17th NBA season, averaging a career-low 7.3 points per game while be hampered by injuries. Johnson will most be remembered by Jazz fans for hitting a buzzer-beater in game one of the NBA playoffs to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.
Crowder is known as a defensive stopper, but has not gelled with the Cavaliers this season after being acquired from Boston in a trade during the off-season. Crowder is averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, his lowest totals in four seasons.
Crowder has two very productive seasons with the Celtics from 2015-2017, when he averaged 14.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He is a career 34.4 percent shooter from 3-point range.
Crowder, 27, is making $6.8 million this season and has two more years on his contract in which he will make $7.3 million next season and $7.8 million in 2019-20.
The Jazz have yet to confirm a trade as of yet. The NBA trade deadline is at 1:00 p.m. mountain time.
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