Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood is hoping that he can work out a long-term deal with the team after formally accepting his one-year $3.4M qualifying offer from the Cavaliers earlier this month.
“I believe strongly in myself that after this year, I’ll be able to make Cleveland my home and we’ll get a better deal next summer,” Hood said, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
“Just because he signed the qualifying offer, he’s not on the first train out of here,” Hood’s agent Travis King said. “He plans to stay in Cleveland.”
Hood didn’t mesh with the Cavs roster last year after coming over in a trade with the Utah Jazz, and he was seeking $10-$12 million annually on the free agent market, which didn’t materialize for him.
“At first I kind of felt bad for myself, but then it was like I don’t want to feel this feeling again, sitting on the bench, or playing 8-10 minutes a game,” Hood said. “I want to be a big part of a really good team, so that was my focus this whole summer.”
“My twins were born here,” Hood said. “I like the community, even though I haven’t been out there a lot. I want to make this a home. It’s just didn’t happen this summer. That’s how I look at it.”
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Does Not Want to Be Gunner
The Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff has been pushing shooting guard Rodney Hood to be more aggressive, but Hood admits that he simply isn’t meant to be a gunner.
“I’m not a gunner,” Hood said, according to Cleveland.com.
“I think it’s not great for our team for me to be a gunner. We have a lot of guys who can score the ball. I draw attention. So when I draw attention, make the dump-off pass and make the right play, spray out to shooters and some nights we hit shots and it’s great and some nights we don’t hit shots and it’s like, ‘You need to shoot the ball more.’
Hood has put up 13.0 ppg this season for Cleveland and admits he is still finding his place in the offense.
“Just figuring it out,” Hood stated. “Trying to figure out the even balance of being real aggressive and making plays like I’ve been trying to do.”
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Out 2-4 Weeks
Thompson exited Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks during the third quarter after he landed awkwardly on the foot of Bucks’ guard Malcolm Brogdon.
Thompson, 27, is averaging 12 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland.
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Love underwent surgery on his injured toe at the beginning of November and he was initially projected to be available to return around Christmas, but now his projected timetable of return seems to be the middle of January.
With one of the worst records in the NBA, Cleveland can afford to take their time with Love and bring him back slowly.
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