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

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Monday's game, which finished the sweep of the Raptors in front of the home fans, was the flawless chance for Hood to gain some rhythm, with almost nothing at stake and plenty of minutes to hoist from distance. Rodney Hood refused to go into the game during the fourth quarter Monday, multiple sources told The Athletic, angering a number of teammates and those within the organization.

Hood spoke to team officials about the incident Tuesday and will not be disciplined, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

According to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue attempted to substitute Hood in for LeBron James with a 30-point lead with seven minutes, 38 seconds to play.

The Cavaliers acquired Hood at the February 8 trade deadline from Utah.

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The Cavs advanced to the Eastern Conference finals by sweeping the Raptors.

Lue said he met with the 25-year-old Hood in the days leading up to Game 4 and had a "good talk" about his role on the team. He has averaged just 4.6 points and shot less than 40 percent from the field, missing his last 10 3-point attempts. It was the first time since joining the Cavs that Hood was clearly out of the rotation - and rightfully so.

He can be a restricted free agent this offseason, and his chances at a lucrative deal could be damaged by his struggles during the playoffs.

Hood missed games multiple times down the stretch with a lower back strain and a sore left Achilles, but Lloyd reported that "according to multiple people who witnessed the exchange, this had nothing to do with stiffness and everything to do with a young player pouting".

Since then, Hood has reportedly apologized to general manager Koby Altman for his refusal and plans on apologizing to the rest of the team once they're reunited.

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