T-Wolves Gaming has agreed to trade Brandon “Hood” Caicedo to Heat Check Gaming in exchange for point guard JMoney. The two teams submitted the paperwork for the deal Saturday night in order for the league to process it by Sunday night; the deal was finalized by the league Sunday.
It’s off to Miami for the Florida native, who figures to replace JMoney in the Heat’s starting lineup. T-Wolves Gaming acquired Hood from Cavs Legion GC over the offseason, dealing the third overall pick in the expansion draft (oLarry) to Cleveland in exchange. Hood, who requested a trade from T-Wolves Gaming (1-3) two weeks ago. The team, which fired head coach/GM Shawn Vilvens on April 30, has fielded calls for Hood since the NBA 2K League trade window opened on April 28. The small forward averaged 16.1 points per game for T-Wolves Gaming after finishing second in the league in scoring as a member of Cavs Legion last season.
“I appreciate the fight JMoney gave us in every game and will be keeping up with his journey,” said HEAT Check Gaming General Manager and Team Coach, Derric “Famous Enough” Franklin. “In Hood, we’re getting a certified scorer and I can’t wait to get him on the court!”
JMoney was considered one of the steals of the draft in April. Expected to go in the late first round, the point guard fell to the third round, where he was selected by Heat Check Gaming 51st overall. After starting the season strong at the TIPOFF, JMoney has averaged 15.6 points and 5.4 assists per game in the regular season.
For a player to be eligible in the subsequent week of competition, trades must be completed by the Sunday night prior. Since the teams were not able to complete the trade before the TURN, neither player changed teams before the tournament. Heat Check Gaming fell to eventual finalists Warriors Gaming Squad in the first round, while T-Wolves Gaming defeated Grizz Gaming in a play-in game to advance to the main bracket and defeated Blazer5 Gaming in the first round before falling to Jazz Gaming.
The NBA 2K League trade window runs from April 28 to June 16. Teams are allowed up to two trades over the course of the two trade windows (the first ran from September 27-October 10 last year, after the expansion draft). With the league still undecided on the offseason and draft process, only one-for-one player swaps (and two-for-two deals for those teams with two trades remaining) are permitted.