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The Cleveland Cavaliers have 12 guaranteed players on the roster, with roster spots 13 and 14 reserved for David Nwaba and Rodney Hood, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
The Cavs agreed to a free-agent deal with Nwaba on Aug. 1, but the terms of his contract are contingent on the Hood signing.
Nwaba appeared in 70 games last season with the Chicago Bulls and averaged 7.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists, shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 34.6 percent from three.
Hood, meanwhile, is still a restricted free-agent. On July 30, Yahoo Sports insider Jordan Schultz reported that contract discussions between the Cavs and Hood had stalled. The Cavs have yet to offer Hood what he feels is an acceptable deal.
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.
According to Marks, Hood has two options. He can either continue to hold out, or sign and play on his $3.47 million qualifying offer and enter free agency again next summer.
Hood has received no offer sheets from rival teams.