The only thing I can wildly speculate on is that teams want him, but not at his price. Cards won't eat money, and Hopkins wants them to. They realize they can't get what they want or almost anything with Hopkins $$$ demands and are just bailing before June 1st hampers next year.
Under such a scenario, it would be reality check time for Hopkins. Either cut your salary to facilitate a trade or find out what you're worth on the open market. But, we're telling you, you aren't going to get what you think you will, and this is the way you get the most. Either way, we're out.
But if he signs a pretty big deal (say 2yrs 20-25 mill?), then it's going to make the front office look like Pikers.
They have to know that, right? Nah, probably not.