Cleveland guard Rodney Hood will not be suspended or fined for refusing to enter the game in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' blowout victory over Toronto on Monday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.
His refusal to play during "garbage minutes" upset a few members of the team, who questioned his motives following the game. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. It was the only blemish on an otherwise impressive series sweep for the Cavs.
While Cleveland has gotten by without Hood and coasted past the Raptors, if Hood can give them some kind of secondary playmaking and 3-point shooting, that would give them another dynamic they desperately need in a potential NBA Finals matchup against Houston or Golden State.
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Earlier in the game, rookie Cedi Osman came in with the second unit and played the minutes that had been going to Hood in Lue's rotation.
While The Athletic reported that several of Hood's teammates were "angered" by his decision and that the organization could consider suspending him, a team source told ESPN on Tuesday that suspending Hood was "not even a thought".
Hood will be a restricted free agent this summer. But with an attitude unbecoming of a player that's part of a championship contender aside from his poor play, Hood's chances of a lucrative deal may have vanished into thin air.