12 different Cavs players took the court last night, but not Rodney Hood, who reportedly refused to enter the game late in the fourth while the Cavs were up by 30. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.

Per Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Hood caused a fuss on the Cavs' bench when Lue attempted to insert him for LeBron James with 7:38 to play. In the first three games of the series, Hood scored a combined total of two points on 1-of-9 shooting over 39 minutes.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are prepared to let Rodney Hood slide for the greater good.


A native of Meridian, MS, Hood is in his fourth National Basketball Association campaign and his first season with Cleveland.

"Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed". He was the only Cleveland player to log zero minutes in Game 4.

With Hood set to become a restricted free agent this summer, it's easy to imagine why he might be frustrated with his diminished role in the Cavaliers system, but he has since apologized for his actions.


His role diminished in the second round against the Raptors, averaging just 0.7 points on 11.1 percent shooting (going 0-for-3 from 3 in three games), 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.0 minutes per game.

In the short-term, Hood faces a fine or suspension for conduct detrimental to the team, Lloyd posited, but at the very least you would expect him to remain out of the rotation for the foreseeable future. Hood, 25, was acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal that also brought George Hill to Cleveland. Let's put Hood's behavior in Game 4 into context. Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman will reportedly meet with Hood in an attempt to get Hood's perspective on the matter.

Hood started Game 1 of the Cavs' first-round series against the Pacers, scoring nine points in a 98-80 loss.


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