We are effectively in the middle of the NBA dead season as far as news and signings go. But perhaps the biggest decision we know that the Cavaliers still have to figure out is what exactly they plan to do about restricted free agent Rodney Hood. And while there hasn’t been much news on that front, there may be an explanation.
According to Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports, contract talks between the two sides have stalled, as Hood hasn’t gotten what he deems an “acceptable offer” from the team:
Rodney Hood seems to only want a fair short-term deal, but Cleveland has not put what Hood feels is an acceptable offer on the table and contract talks have stalled, per sources familiar with the negotiation. #Cavs— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 30, 2018
Being that Hood is a restricted free agent, the Cavs can match any offer sheet that he gets from any of the other 29 teams in the league. That wouldn’t be a shocking move on the Cavs’ part, considering Hood has enough talent to be a key piece on next season’s squad as the team begins rebuilding.
But the reality of the situation for Hood is that he may not get the kind of contract he is after, with plenty of teams around the league strapped for cash and simply waiting until next summer for a loaded free agent class. It’s also still possible that Hood will accept his qualifying offer for this season and be a member of the 2019 free agent class.
In 21 regular season games for the Cavs this past season, Hood averaged 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.