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The New Orleans Pelicans are among the teams interested in Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Rodney Hood, according to multiple reports.
Hood is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavs can match any offer he might receive and keep him.
Along with the Pelicans, the Sacramento Kings and Chicago Bulls have reportedly expressed an interest in Hood — who averaged 10.8 points on 44-percent shooting in 21 regular-season games with the Cavs.
Prior to that, Hood was a reliable second scoring option with the Utah Jazz, first with Gordon Hayward, then with rookie star Donovan Mitchell.
With the Jazz this past season, Hood averaged a career-high 16.8 points in 39 games. He also shot a career-best 88 percent from the line.
However, after a hot start in Cleveland, Hood struggled to fit in alongside LeBron James, especially in the playoffs.
He refused to enter a game at garbage time and averaged just 5.4 points in 17 postseason appearances.
But he did score 15 points in Game 3 of the Finals vs. the Golden State Warriors and the Cavs do want him back, as they feel he could potentially flourish with a defined role under coach Tyronn Lue.
Cavs general manager Koby Altman even went as far saying that the 6-foot-8 wing is “part of our plans.”
Right now, though, it appears the Cavs are waiting to see what the market has in store for Hood, all while trying to come up with their own offer.
Either way, with interest from the Pelicans and several others, it appears the Cavs could have some competition.