May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) shoots over Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) during the first half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Indiana Pacers In Talks With Sharp Shooter Chris Copeland

Although he seems to have attracted widespread interest across the league including inquiries from the New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, and Los Angeles Lakers, the former New York Knicks sharp shooter is rumored to be very interested in taking his talents to Indiana (no, not South Beach). After loosing in a six game series in which the Pacers dominated the Knicks for much of, Chris Copeland seems to have been inspired to play for a more championship ready team. The Pacers are also rumored to also be very interested in his services.

Chris Copeland offers the Indiana Pacers a solid option off the bench. The 29 year old rookie (Playing overseas for much of his career) averaged 8.7 points per game, shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arch for the New York Knicks last season. After which, he was rewarded by seeing his minutes go down from 15.4 a game in the regular season to 10.3 in the playoffs. You might remember watching as Copeland came off of the bench in the Pacers-Knicks series to hit eight three pointers in three games for the Knicks but also watching in wonder (possibly anger if you’re a Knicks fan) as he logged only 19 minutes combined in three more.

Chris Copland was paid close to the league minimum las season, But will certainly be looking to get a bit of a raise. The New York Knicks would like to keep Copeland, but don’t seem to want to pay him much more than what he made last season making him and easy steal for the Pacers once they lock down David West.

The Pacers can offer Chris Copeland a solid rotational role of about 20 minutes a game, and the opportunity to compete at a very high level. Copeland gives the Pacers a tall, lengthy sharp shooter off the bench capable of giving the Pacers the offensive face lift they needed on the second unit. The only thing that could possibly worry the Pacers is that Copeland is widely seen as a below average defender which has become the bread and butter of all great Pacer teams past and present. It brings to mind some of the same things analysts were saying about David West when the Pacers gave him his initial two-year 20 million dollar contract (great offensively, liability on defense). If head coach Frank Vogle could inspire Copeland to play defense and he continues to be the offensive weapon that he was last season, it could spell great things fo the Indiana Pacers next season.

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