Rodney Hood expressed remorse, won't be disciplined by Cavs

Rodney Hood expressed remorse, won't be disciplined by Cavs

It was a joyous Monday night for the Cleveland Cavaliers who swept the Toronto Raptors 4-0 after a 128-93 annihilation of the East's No. 1 seed in Game 4 of their series. It was the first time since joining the Cavs that Hood was clearly out of the rotation - and rightfully so.

According to the report, "a number of veterans huddled around him during the timeout and tried talking sense into him" after Hood's refusal to enter the game.

"The Cavs' front office and Hood had a conversation Tuesday morning, and Hood feels badly for causing a distraction at a time when the focus should be on Cleveland's sweep of the Raptors and spot in the conference finals".

In the long-term, Hood will become a restricted free agent this summer.

The Athletic first reported that Hood declined coach Tyronn Lue's request to replace LeBron James with 7:38 left and the Cavs leading by 30, angering his teammates and others in the organization. It was a great opportunity for a struggling youngster to try to find his rhythm without any pressure before the next series.

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Hood was the only player not to play in Game 4, though the Cavs do not view what he did as an act of defiance, a source said.

It's an odd scene to watch play out at this point in the postseason, but it's also easy to see why Hood has been frustrated with his role on the Cavaliers of late.

But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order.

According to Lloyd, Cavs general manager Koby Altman plans on meeting with Hood to hear his side of the story before making a decision on his future with the team moving forward.

Tom Withers of the Associated Press is reporting the Cavs will not punish Hood, citing a "person familiar with the situation". He's averaging 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 17.0 minutes through 10 games.

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