In July, Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported contract discussions between the Cleveland Cavaliers and restricted free-agent Rodney Hood had stalled because the Cavs have not offered Hood what he feels is an acceptable offer.
Hood is still a restricted free-agent and an Eastern Conference scout thinks no one else in the league wants the shooting guard besides the Cavs.
“Cleveland can get him for a song and dance at this point,” a scout told Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report. “I don’t think anyone else wants him, which is surprising because I really liked him in Utah. Utah just let him fly. I was impressed with how he came back in the Finals as an ‘I’ll show you’ game.”
Hood was acquired by the Cavs at the February trade deadline from the Utah Jazz. He averaged 10.8 points in 21 games with Cleveland during the regular season, shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from three.
The playoffs, however, were a different story.
Hood fell out of coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation and registered five DNP’s. The 25-year-old finally got a chance in Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors and showed what he’s capable of, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
Most league insiders think Hood cost himself a lot of money with his postseason struggles. The Cavs like Hood and his future on the team, but aren’t willing to overpay to bring him back.
Hood is currently under a $3.4 million qualifying offer. If he plays on that this upcoming season, he will enter free agency again next summer.