"An opposing executive texted Lloyd: "(Hood) is not built for this", and now we're seeing why.
Until Rodney Hood refused to enter Game 4 in garbage time.
Hood scored just 2 points on 1-of-9 shooting in three appearances against the Raptors. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed. Hood ended up averaging 6.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting (16.7 percent from 3), 1.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 18.9 minutes per game against Indiana. During a timeout, several players surrounded Hood to encourage him to enter the game, but he refused.
Still, Hood is a 25-year-old who was once thought to be in line for a hefty raise when he emerged as a scoring threat on a 50-win Utah Jazz team last season, and the Cavaliers gave up a significant piece - the two-plus years remaining on Jae Crowder's team-friendly contract - to get him in Cleveland.
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. It's not a stretch to think that Hood didn't want to be seen as an end-of-game minutes-eater when he's hoping to grow his value to potential suitors.
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.
But with an apology to the team forthcoming and the Cavaliers seemingly uninterested in punishing Hood with a suspension or fine, it's possible that the team could put this all behind them in short order.