Rodney Hood refused to play in garbage time, won't be disciplined

Posted May 09, 2018

Rodney Hood will reportedly not face any discipline from the Cleveland Cavaliers after refusing to enter their Game 4 win over the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday.

Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the ideal chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance.

"When the Cavs called a timeout with a 30-point lead and 7:38 left Monday, (Tyronn) Lue tried inserting Hood for (LeBron) James", writes The Athletic. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed.

Although Gordon Hayward's departure last summer was disappointing for the Utah Jazz, the void did create an opportunity for Rodney Hood.

His refusal to play during "garbage minutes" upset a few members of the team, who questioned his motives following the game.

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"(Hood) is not built for (the playoffs)", an opposing executive texted Lloyd before the postseason began. "We're trying to win a championship".

UPDATE: Hood has apologized to Altman for the Game 4 incident, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Rodney Hood reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Philadelphia.

Joe Vardon of reports that the Cavs are not planning to fine or suspend Hood and never considered doing so.

Hood has averaged just 5.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game through the playoffs, but even that modest output was on the wane through Games 1 to 3 against the Raptors, as the inconsistent swingman struggled at both ends of the floor. Hood's recent action may also affect his chance of returning to the Cavaliers next season as the team could just let him walk away as a restricted free agent and look for a better replacement in the upcoming offseason.