Cavaliers won't suspend or fine Rodney Hood

Cavs' Rodney Hood Angered His Teammates & Possibly Lost The Locker Room After His Game 4 Stunt

Cleveland Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue had the luxury of emptying his bench during the fourth quarter of Game 4 last night, as the Cavs routed the Raptors 128-93 en route to a four-game sweep.

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. He reportedly refused to enter the game and the team is considering a suspension.

The move angered several teammates and people within the organization, but the Associated Press reports that Hood will not be fined or suspended for his actions and that he spoke to team officials in which he expressed regret, saying "didn't want to be a distraction". The Cavaliers can match any offer he receives on the open market, but you wonder how many teams will be willing to pay up for a player who has underperformed in the playoffs for two years running and is now refusing to play.

"This is the playoffs", an anonymous Cleveland player said.

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Hood, 25, was acquired on February 8 in a trade with the Utah Jazz as part of a three-team deal that also brought George Hill to Cleveland.

Hood "feels very bad", according to the source, and he plans to apologize to his teammates and coaching staff in person as soon as they get back together after a couple of days off following a 4-0 sweep of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

While the Cavs bask in the afterglow of a second round sweep, everything for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs isn't peaches and cream. He's averaging 4.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 17.0 minutes through 10 games. Though he averaged 14.7 points per game and shot 38.1 percent from three-point range in the regular season, his numbers have dipped to 4.6 and 13.3 percent, respectively.

The Cavs' front office, including general manager Koby Altman, met with Hood Tuesday and had a "great conversation", according to a source, and Hood expressed remorse for the incident. They've already have more than enough in the previous year, which plays benefits Hood's benefit this time.

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