One of the key players involved in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ trades from a season ago has signed a deal to return to the team. Rodney Hood, who came to the Cavaliers after beginning his career with the Utah Jazz, has agreed to return on his qualifying deal.
The 1-year contract will pay Hood $3.4 million in the 2018-19 season, making him a free agent at year’s end.
Hood is still just 25 years old and gave the Cavs a jolt when he was reinserted into the rotation during the NBA Finals. The rangy lefty can get to the rim and shoot adequately from distance. He was plagued by inconsistencies following his arrival in Cleveland, but he displayed flashes of the talent the organization envisioned when acquiring him on Feb 8.
In 21 regular season appearances with the Cavs, Hood averaged 10.8 PPG.
With LeBron James no longer in the picture for Cleveland, Hood has a chance to earn significant playing time in Tyronn Lue’s offense–rebuilding his stock as he prepares for free agency next summer. One of his best performances of the season came when he poured in 15 points during Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Hood is a 6-foot-8 guard who possesses the ability to play multiple positions.
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