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Despite re-signing Zach LaVine, the Chicago Bulls still have interest in Cleveland Cavaliers restricted free agent Rodney Hood, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.
As a restricted free agent, the Cavaliers can match — if they choose — any offer sheet Hood signs with another team.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said at Summer League in Las Vegas that Hood is “part of our plans.”
Hood was acquired by the Cavaliers 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 Bulls are said to like Hood for multiple reasons. Hood is a knockdown perimeter shooter and can also put the ball on the floor and create a shot for himself.
Most league insiders think Hood cost himself a lot of money with his postseason struggles. The Cavaliers like Hood and his future on the team, but no one’s tipped a hand as to what’s next for him.