Cleveland Cavaliers restricted free agent Rodney Hood is trying to get the organization to come up from the three-year deal worth about $7 million annually they have offered him and is looking to make $9 million a year, according to a report from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
Contract discussions between the Cavs and Hood have stalled. If the two sides can’t agree upon a new deal, Hood will have to play this upcoming season on his one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer.
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Hood was acquired by the Cavs at the 2018 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.