The Cavaliers signed free agent Scotty Hopson for the remainder of this season and have included a non-guaranteed team option for next season.
Hopson will receive the pro-rated $2.5 million room exception (roughly $1.3 million) and the non-guaranteed second season is worth about $1.44 million. By overpaying for Hopson now, the Cavs just manufactured a large trade bullet to fire this summer.
Hopson’s deal, combined with Alonzo Gee’s non-guaranteed deal for next season and Anderson Varejao’s partially guaranteed contract gives the Cavs plenty of trade options. The three deals total about $14 million, of which only a small portion of Varejao’s contract is guaranteed, as the Cavs continue to position themselves for a major trade this summer.
Hopson was signed using the room mid-level exception, which is a new component to the collective bargaining agreement. The room MLE is only available to teams that spent part of the season below the salary cap.
Hopson, 24, is a 6-foot-7 wing who has never appeared in an NBA game. He went undrafted out of Tennessee in 2011 and has spent the last three seasons playing overseas. He averaged 15.5 points and shot 48 percent on 3-pointers this season for Anadolu Efes in Turkey.