Hood was the only player on the Cavs' bench that did not see action in Game 4, and it was reported by The Athletic that several of his teammates were angry after Hood refused to check into the blowout win.
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.
The Cavaliers had a winning night on Monday after the team swept the Toronto Raptors in a clinching 128-93 victory-sending the team to the Eastern Conference Finals.
"This is the playoffs", one of his teammates reportedly said.
With Cleveland leading 110-80 and on its way to sweeping the series, the Cavs called a timeout to replace superstar LeBron James. Instead, Hood refused to go in, multiple sources confirmed.
Rodney Hood might have some explaining to do, but there probably isn't much he can say to help his case at this point.
Cavs' Rodney Hood Angered His Teammates & Possibly Lost The Locker Room After His Game 4 Stunt
Hood only played seven minutes in the Cavs' Game 7 victory over in, and played a reduced role in the second round against Toronto. General manager Koby Altman intends to meet with Hood to hear his side of the issue, but the damage may have already been done in the Cavaliers' locker room.
The veteran swingman saw his minutes decrease in Round Two after averaging 6.3 points in 18.9 minutes per game in the first round against the Indiana Pacers.
Hood's scoring went from 16.8 points per game in Utah down to 10.8 points in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed to the Eastern Conference finals, but it wouldn't be complete without a little bit of drama.
Hood played 39 minutes in the first three games of the series against Toronto before his DNP in Game 4. "We're trying to win a championship", an unnamed Cavaliers player told The Athletic about Hood's behavior.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: Things will be tougher next season
I came back in, was training and got injured so it wasn't an easy time. "I've got good people around me and good teammates". Manchester City still have two more fixture left in the Premier League against Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton .