Restricted free agent forward Rodney Hood will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal, the team announced on Monday. Shams Charania of The Athletic, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the move Sunday afternoon.
Cavaliers and Hood explored several sign-and-trade options but Hood’s hopes of an offer sheet or Cavs deal in the $10M-$12M annual range never materialized. https://t.co/Xu9rR3ZKih— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 9, 2018
The Cavaliers extended the reported $3.4-million qualifying offer to Hood on June 29, before the start of free agency in July. By signing this deal, Hood will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The 25-year-old Hood was acquired by Cleveland from the Utah Jazz in a flurry of trades executed at the Feb. 8 deadline by general manager Koby Altman. He struggled to find his identity with the Cavaliers, but his role could change this season after the departure of LeBron James during free agency.
Hood started Cleveland’s first playoff game before losing coach Tyronn Lue’s trust and falling out of the rotation. He re-emerged in the NBA Finals and scored 15 points in the Game 3 loss to Golden State.
He averaged 10.8 points in 21 regular-season games with the Cavs.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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