Hood was dealt to the Cavaliers at the trade deadline last season, eventually playing in 21 games for Cleveland, not including the postseason. He averaged 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 25.3 minutes in those contests, though he then appeared to fall out of the rotation entirely during the playoffs. That certainly raised some eyebrows, but it appears the Cavaliers still want the option to match any offer he receives as a free agent, hence the qualifying offer. There's a chance the Cavaliers let him walk depending on how big of an offer sheet he signs with another team.
Hood tallied 10 points (4-14 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during Friday's 108-85 loss to Golden State.
Hood once again saw some additional playing time as the Cavaliers ran with a number of options in the Game Four loss. He was clearly the third best player on the court for the Cavaliers and demonstrated what he is capable of with playing time. The Cavaliers roster is a mystery heading into next season but if LeBron James decides to leave town, others could follow, leaving Hood an opportunity to take on more of a scoring role on a lottery team.
Hood poured in 15 points (7-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and added six rebounds and two blocks across 26 minutes during Cleveland's 110-102 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.
Head coach Tyronn Lue opted to give Hood his most extensive run since Game 3 of the conference quarterfinal round against the Pacers, and the fourth-year guard responded admirably. Hood provided several big mid-range buckets off the bench, ultimately checking in only behind the duo of LeBron James and Kevin Love in scoring for the Cavs on the night. Given the offensive juice he provided, it's highly likely Hood sees another solid amount of playing time in Friday's critical Game 4, and even a start wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility.
Hood supplied 11 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) and two assists across 19 minutes during Cleveland's 108-83 loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.
Six days after he'd refused to enter a decisive Game 4 against the Raptors in the semifinal round, Hood bounced back to lead the second unit in Sunday's blowout loss. The 25-year-old put up a postseason-high number of shot attempts and points with the extended playing time, but it's difficult to gauge whether he'll see similar opportunity moving forward in the series.
Hood (personal) has been cleared to play in Game 2 against the Pacers on Wednesday, Allie Clifton of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
Hood missed the team's morning shootaround after his wife gave birth to twins, but is apparently back with the team and should be good to go for Game 2. The Cavaliers are expected to make some changes to their starting five, though coach Ty Lue wasn't willing to provide details quite yet. At this point, Hood seems likely to remain with the top unit, but depending on the rotation changes, there's a chance the likes of Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith cut into his workload. Hood posted nine points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 21 minutes in Game 1.
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