An Inside Look At The Newest Cavalier: Scotty Hopson

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Hopson on his way to winning the 2013 Israeli League Dunk Contest

The Cavs are making a playoff push, and they’ve filled out their roster with a 15th guy.

Is Scotty Hopson any good? Decide for yourself after watching him play, but here is my take after watching him this season.

On Monday, it was announced that Cleveland had signed the ex-Anadolu Efes wingman to a 2-year, $3.8 million contract, with a team option for next year. There has been talk that the primary focus of the deal was the $2.5 million team option for next season that can be used as a valuable addition to draft day trades, but let’s not forget there is still a basketball player involved in this deal.

Hopson came to Anadolu Efes after a standout year in Hapoel Eilat, who our team, Maccabi Rishon Lezion, played in the quarterfinals of the Israeli League playoffs. Hopson arrived in Israel after a sub-par season in a very physical Greek League in which it is traditionally tough to succeed as a rookie.

Tweet of the Day: Pau Gasol Supports Lamar Odom

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Lamar OdomEveryone in this world makes mistakes. Everyone has their demons—sure, they may vary in severity, but nobody is perfect. Fortunately for many, life has its second chances.

Such is life for Lamar Odom.

After a whirlwind swirl of media attention amidst a plethora of allegations and accusations ranging from drugs to infidelity and having experienced terrible off-court tragedies, his life fell to pieces in the national media—both on and off the court.

Odom, a two-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers who began his career with the Los Angeles Clippers and had stints with the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks, is looking to redeem himself. 

Mitnick: Bogdanovic The Answer To The Nets’ Future?

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Not to be confused with the Serbian guard Bogdan Bogdanovic

The Nets may have traded away most of their future cap space and draft picks to obtain KG and “The Truth”, but they sneakily held on to one of their aces, Bojan Bogdanovic, a Croatian star who may just be the answer to how the Nets will transition into the post-KG era.

After a horrid 11-20 start, the Nets have managed to turn things around since New Year’s, and have started to find some sort of identity as a team. After trading for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce this past summer, the Nets left themselves with very little in the way of draft picks and cap space over the next few years. With KG, Pierce and Joe Johnson not getting any younger, the Nets will need to be crafty to have a shot at contending without breaking up their core.

Enter Bojan Bogdanovic, one of the most explosive scorers in Europe, whose rights the Nets have retained since he was the 31st pick of the 2011 draft.

Mitnick: Top Five American Draft-and-Stashes

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Ennis-PerthNBA teams have been drafting European players and stashing them overseas for several years. But the term “Eurostash” has taken on a whole new meaning this season.

It’s the Americans who are being stashed across the pond, too. And one of them can actually be called an “Aussiestash.” There’s a new term for y’all.

This year’s draft featured five American players taken out of college who are currently hooping overseas while their rights are retained by NBA teams.

And that doesn’t count second-round picks Pierre Jackson (Pelicans, No. 42, Baylor) and Alex Oriakhi (Suns, No. 57, Missouri), who have been cut by their foreign teams.

Deadline Looming For Euroleague Scoring Champ Bobby Brown

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bobby-brown-sienne-e1374248570322Last season’s Euroleague scoring champion, Bobby Brown, has until August 15th to exercise the NBA out in the contract he signed in China with the DongGuan Leopards. With the deadline approaching, will the super scoring guard get a second chance in the NBA? The Knicks were considering him, but went for Beno Udrih instead. Will anybody else go after him in the next couple days?

Bobby Brown is a 28-year old, lighting quick, 6’1” point guard who can score at will in the international game. The guard out of Cal State-Fullerton demonstrates leadership, and can be a very strong weapon off the bench for a playoff team. While Brown has been the leader of his teams overseas, he transformed his game from being a Louis Williams type of undersized scoring guard, to becoming a true point guard that just so happens to possess excellent scoring ability.

With the free agent market dwindling, Bobby Brown could be a great late off-season addition for teams that need to add another guard to their rotation. Teams like Indiana, Utah, Chicago, Philadelphia and Sacramento, are all spots where Brown could show his true value, with his ability to run an offense, control the pace of the game, and assert himself at money time.