July 14, 2014
A 20-point debut from second-round draft pick Jordan McRae and two trades involving Scotty Hopson highlighted an eventful weekend of NBA Summer League action for former Vols.
The Las Vegas portion of the NBA Summer League began Friday, and McRae's team, the Philadelphia 76ers, opened play Saturday night against the Utah Jazz.
McRae started for the Sixers and shared game-high scoring honors by pouring in 20 points.
Playing a game-high 33 minutes, the Midway, Ga., native was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line and also tallied three rebounds, two steals and a pair of big blocks in Philadelphia's 74-70 win.
McRae and the Sixers are back in action Monday when they face the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8 p.m. ET.
Hopson, who starred for the Vols from 2009-11, started and played 14 minutes in Cleveland's summer league opener Friday vs. Milwaukee. He scored seven points and grabbed one rebound in the winning effort.
But on Saturday, the Charlotte Hornets announced that they had acquired Hopson from the Cavs in a trade. Then on Sunday, Charlotte quickly dealt Hopson to the New Orleans Pelicans.
According to reports, the Hopkinsville, Ky., native could potentially be on the move again soon, with the Houston Rockets being a possible landing spot.
Hopson's former Tennessee teammate, forward Renaldo Woolridge (2009-12), is playing for the Los Angeles Lakers summer league team for the second straight year. He made his 2014 summer debut Sunday, grabbing one rebound in three minutes off the bench.
Woolridge and the Lakers are back in action Monday night at 10 p.m. ET, taking on the Golden State Warriors.