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Scotty Hopson coming to Charlotte to complete Cleveland trade

According to a tidbit buried in this LeBron James story from FoxSports, the Cavaliers will send 6'7" SG Scotty Hopson to Charlotte to complete the Brendan Haywood deal. Cleveland liked the 24 year old prospect enough to sign him to a 2 year, $2.8 million offer with only weeks remaining in the 2013-2014 season, but the $1.45 million for the upcoming season is not guaranteed.

Hopson is probably best known for his three years at Tennessee, where he was 1st team All-SEC his junior year. After skipping his senior season, he went undrafted in 2011 and began playing in Europe. Hopson eventually worked his way up to a Turkish Euroleague team that is obviously working hard to duplicate the NBA experience and change your perception of the Middle East.

The Cavs signed Hopson after he averaged 15.5 on 69-48-74 shooting in Euroleague play to go along with 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He pocketed $1.35 million for seven minutes of court time across the season's final seven games. The Cavaliers clearly believed in Hopson as a prospect, but something else must have happened in Cleveland that has their front office changing some plans. The Hornets can either keep Hopson as a very inexpensive young SG prospect, or cut him. Given the problems that have already popped up for P.J. Hairston, Hopson may make the roster.

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