During Rodney Hood's exit meeting after the Utah Jazz were eliminated from the playoffs, Dennis Lindsey spoke candidly about becoming a better player.

Hood is entering a contract year and was asked to get to the free throw line more often and become a more efficient scorer.

“He told me the truth,” Hood said. “He said he wanted me to get better and to prepare myself for a bigger role.”

“There were a lot of challenges we gave Rodney,” Lindsey said. “What he needs to be doing, his commitment level to his development. And he’s responded this summer. He’s going to be given a prominent role, and his development will be significant to us.”

Hood stayed in Salt Lake City for most of the offseason.