Cavs’ Hood could still be in play for Kings

With $19.1 million in salary-cap space, the Sacramento Kings are the NBA’s big dog when it comes to the hunt for remaining free agents.

One such player is Rodney Hood of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 25-year-old, 6-foot-8 swingman is a restricted free agent whom Cleveland extended a $3.4 million qualifying offer, giving it the right to match any offer sheet Hood signs. If Hood returns to the Cavaliers on the qualifying offer, he would become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area writes the Kings, who signed restricted free-agent guard Zach LaVine to a four-year, $78 million offer sheet that the Chicago Bulls quickly matched, might be a player for Hood.

“Sacramento has shown interest in Hood, but there is concern that Cleveland is prepared to match a reasonable offer for the wing,” he writes. “Is he worth an offer of $14-16 million a year? That’s unlikely, but anything over $13 million for Hood this season pushes the Cavs into the luxury tax.”

Ham also writes the Kings could have an interest in unrestricted free agent David Nwaba, who had his qualifying offer rescinded by the Bulls.

“The 25-year-old shooting guard is a big, strong, defender that showed marked improvement in his second season in the league,” Ham said. “Nwaba averaged 7.9 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game for Chicago and has the ability to steal minutes at small forward.”

1 Comment on "Cavs’ Hood could still be in play for Kings"

  1. How long does a team have the ability to give a Restricted FA an offer to take away from another team? It seems like the Cavs already gave Hood a QO a few weeks ago. When will Hood officially be a Cavalier again (assuming no other team offers him more money that Cleveland is unwilling to match)?

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