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Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman says shooting guard Rodney Hood is “part of our plans.”
Hood is a restricted free agent, meaning he’s eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team and then the Cavs have to decide if they want to match the offer or not.
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.
The Cavs, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans are the contenders to sign Hood this offseason.
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 and want to bring him back at the right price.