Hood wants fresh start with Cavs, hopes for long-term deal next summer
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Rodney Hood is hoping for a fresh start in Cleveland following a turbulent five months with the Cavaliers.

His late-season struggles - including his benching during Cleveland's playoff run - likely played a significant role in the 6-foot-8 guard not receiving his desired long-term deal. But Hood is remaining optimistic and wants to settle into a comfortable role with the Cavaliers after accepting his one-year qualifying offer earlier this month, hoping to eventually sign a more lucrative contract next summer.

"I believe strongly in myself that after this year I'll be able to make Cleveland my home and we'll get a better deal next summer," Hood said, according to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon.

Acquiring Hood was a part of a swift midseason rebuild for the Cavaliers, who desperately dealt half their rotation and hoped a younger core would be a better fit beside LeBron James last February. The results were less-than-stellar, as Cleveland stumbled to its fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance on the back of its helpless star.

"It was a lot of stuff going on where I just couldn't really focus, until the time where I really wasn't playing," Hood said. "And then I was able to lock in and get to myself.

"At first I kind of felt bad for myself, but then it was like I don't want to feel this feeling again, sitting on the bench, or playing eight-to-10 minutes a game. I want to be a big part of a really good team, so that was my focus this whole summer."

Hood, 25, played an integral part in the Utah Jazz's rotation in his three-and-a-half campaigns with the team. The Cavaliers have an aging perimeter rotation of Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith and will likely need to rely on Hood more than last season.

Hood wants fresh start with Cavs, hopes for long-term deal next summer
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