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The Sacramento Kings have shown interest in Cleveland Cavaliers restricted free agent Rodney Hood, according to a report.
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports talks between the Kings and Hood have taken place, but have yet to progress to the point where an offer sheet is imminent.
With Hood, 25, being a restricted free agent and having been extended a $3.4 million qualifying offer by Cleveland, the Cavaliers retain the right to match any offer sheet Hood would sign.
With the Kings offered restricted free agent Zach LaVine to four-year, $78 million offer sheet Friday, only to have the Chicago Bulls to quickly match it Sunday, Sacramento still has a need for a wing player, Jones writes.
“The 6-foot-8 forward would fill the need for a scoring and playmaking threat at small forward,” Jones said. “The Kings passed on drafting a small forward when they drafted Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 pick in last month’s NBA draft over EuroLeague star Luka Doncic of Slovenia.
“The Kings tried to sign free agent Mario Hezonja to play small forward, but he took less money and a one-year deal with the New York Knicks.
“The Kings have second-year small forward Justin Jackson and a collection of guards they can use at small forward if they do not sign or trade for a player at the position.”
Hood, 25, was acquired by the Cavaliers from the Utah Jazz at the February trade deadline. He averaged 10.8 points in 21 regular-season games in Cleveland. During that time, Hood shot 44 percent from the field, and 35 percent on 3-pointers.
But then came the playoffs and Hood’s productivity and playing time went largely south.
He registered by five DNP’s after falling out of coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation, before coming around to score 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Game 3 of the Finals, a loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Hood averaged 16.8 points during the first 39 games of his season with the Jazz.
Jones writes Hood is the type of player the Kings are looking for.
“Hood, 25, fits the profile of a player the Kings would seem to want and need. He’s young and could grow with the Kings’ young roster,” he said. “With the right offer, the Cavs might be inclined not to match, given they are already over the salary cap.
“The Kings are about $19.5 million under the salary cap and in position to make Hood a significant offer. And the market for young small forwards is drying up, with the Memphis Grizzlies landing Kyle Anderson from the San Antonio Spurs with a four-year offer sheet.”
The Cavaliers have stated their intention is to re-sign Hood.