According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Indiana Pacers have agreed to a two-year deal with New York Knicks free agent forward Chris Copeland. The deal is worth $6.1 million. Though being a restricted free agent, the Knicks will be unable to match the offer sheet.
Indiana has long been coveting Copeland, and even sent this gifted Pacers package to entice the 29-year-old even more:
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 6, 2013
Copeland was receiving a ton of interest from many teams. Many had him going to the Los Angeles Lakers if Dwight Howard had re-signed there. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.
Indiana really moves themselves up more in contention with the Miami Heat with the addition of Copeland along with the re-signing of David West.
Copeland was pretty solid off the bench for the Knicks last season, averaging 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in about 16 minutes off the bench. He also shot 42-percent from behind-the-arc. He easily upgrades the second unit and will play a solid role off the bench.
The question is now is what will the Pacers do with all the wings they have on their roster. Right now, they have Paul George, Copeland, Danny Granger, rookie Solomon Hill and Gerald Green.
Indiana has long been trying to deal Green, and many had the selection of Hill in the NBA Draft as a major head-scratcher. Could this mean Indiana is looking to deal Granger before the season begins? Indiana has reportedly explored trades for Granger, but nothing really big occurred.
Then again, Indiana could just be looking to deal Green and have four small forwards on their roster. I guess the Pacers could be looking to explore playing time for Copeland and Granger at the 4. With more and more teams in the NBA going small ball, it could work.
I mean, if Copeland were to replace Granger, couldn’t we have signed him for longer? I don’t know, but I must say that Indiana got a good deal with this contract. Welcome to Indiana, Chris Copeland.
Tags: Free Agency 2013