Cavaliers' Rodney Hood Won't Be Disciplined for Refusing to Enter Game

Final Thoughts: On a series sweep, a poorly timed 'SNL' skit and Rodney Hood's fourth-quarter antics

Hood feels bad about the incident that happened with 7:38 left in the fourth quarter, and he expressed remorse on Tuesday to team officials about becoming a distraction, said the person who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Before the February trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Rodney Hood with the hope that he could strengthen their chance of reclaiming the National Basketball Association championship title this season.

With the game basically out of reach, Lue called for Hood to enter the game, but the young guard refused, even at the behest of his teammates asking him to reconsider his decision, multiple sources told The Athletic's Jason Lloyd.

The Cavaliers expected Hood to be a solid three-and-D player, but as of now, he struggled to make himself fit in LeBron James' team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of the Toronto Raptors with a dominant Game 4 win Monday night.

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The Cavs could easily suspend him for conduct detrimental to the team - and while that will make little difference for someone now clearly out of the rotation - it will take some checks away until he starts caring.

The Athletic first reported that Hood had angered teammates and others in the organization by rejecting coach Tyronn Lue's instruction to enter the game. They did so without an appearance from Rodney Hood. Had Hood played in the final minutes, he could have changed Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue's perception about him.

Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during game four of the NBA Playoffs against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

ESPN reports that Hood plans to apologize to the team before the ECF. The 25-year-old has seen his minutes dwindle throughout the Cavs' playoff run, with Monday' night's DNP representing a new low.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer. "We're trying to win a championship".

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