Report: Scotty Hopson signs in China

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

Scotty Hopson's unconventional basketball journey is taking him to China, as the 26-year-old has signed with the Foshan Long Lions, according to international reporter David Pick.

For now, Hopson's NBA career is on hold, though the Chinese season ends early enough for players to potentially sign late in the NBA year. Hopson suited up for five different teams, scoring a single point in the seven total minutes he played over two games in the 2013-14 season.

Last summer, Hopson's contract made him a sort of human currency. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him to a deal worth nearly triple the league minimum late in 2013-14, essentially paying Hopson extra to agree to a non-guaranteed $1.45-million salary for 2014-15. That non-guaranteed salary proved valuable for matching salary in trades, and Hopson was dealt four times in the offseason before he was ultimately waived ahead of training camp.

Once waived, Hopson spent time in the Spanish ACB league but primarily played in the D-League, where he stood out by averaging 19.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while shooting 52.8 percent from the floor and 35 percent from long range. He represented the D-League as part of its "Select" team at Summer League in July and averaged 15.4 points.

A former All-SEC first-team member while at Tennessee and a McDonald's All-American before that, Hopson holds a Sioux Falls Skyforce record with 52 points in a game, one of the top-10 single-game performances in D-League history.

Report: Scotty Hopson signs in China
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