Hopson, a 28-year-old 6-foot-7 wing, has played the majority of his career overseas, most recently with Galatasaray S.K. in Turkey.
After playing three seasons with the University of Tennessee—where he averaged 17 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists as a junior—Hopson declared for the 2011 NBA Draft. However, the former McDonald’s All-American and First Team All-SEC player went undrafted.
He finally landed in the NBA when he was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in late March of 2014. Hopson appeared in two games with the Cavs and scored one point in seven minutes before being assigned to the D-League.
While Hopson might not be familiar to many fans, his career is oddly linked to current and former Mavericks players. From Wikipedia:
On July 12, 2014, Hopson was traded, along with cash considerations, to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Brendan Haywood and the draft rights to Dwight Powell. The next day, the Hornets traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for cash considerations. Two days later, he was again traded, this time to the Houston Rockets. On September 17, 2014, he was traded, along with Alonzo Gee, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and two future second-round draft picks. On September 24, 2014, he was waived by the Kings.
Wing depth has been an issue for the Mavericks all season. Although the team has seemingly shored up the small forward position with the additions of Kyle Collinsworth and Doug McDermott, Hopson gives them another player to look at, at least briefly.
Hopson will fill the open roster spot made available when the Mavericks waived Josh McRoberts earlier this month.