It remains a possibility that the contracted Giant remains in Sydney and that the orange and charcoal outfit instead look at trading out a different player on a large salary, like a Lachie Whitfield or Nick Haynes, according to AFL Media's Callum Twomey.
"Through this process, Jacob Hopper has been pretty up front saying that he's keen to get to Richmond, but understanding that he's under contract and the deal has to be right," Twomey said on AFL Trade Radio.
"Hawthorn clearly has salary cap space, they've been in the running for Jack Bowes and are interested in him but they also have the salary cap space to do that.
"I wouldn't say this is a hold up with the Hopper deal, but this impasse could create an opportunity for another club to go and target a different player and I think those players would be (Lachie) Whitfield and Nick (Haynes).
"I'm not saying (Whitfield and Haynes) are looking for trades, but I think the conversation will be had."