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Report: Pacers, Chris Copeland share mutual interest

Jul 1, 2013, 5:48 PM EST

Chris Copeland, Tyler Hansbrough

The Knicks – who had the NBA’s third-best regular-season offense – struggled to score in their second-round series against the Pacers, posting an offensive rating (100.4) that would have ranked 23rd in the regular season.

Strangely, New York seemed to have an answer for its offensive woes. Chris Copeland shot 11-for-20 in the series, and the Knicks’ offensive rating rose to 108.7 with him on the court.

But it was as if New York didn’t realize what it had, giving Copeland more games with less than a minute of playing time than games with 20 minutes of playing time. In all, eight Knicks – including Jason Kidd, who didn’t score a single point in the series – played more than Copeland against Indiana.

The team on the other side of the series seems to appreciate Copeland a little more. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks free agent Chris Copeland have a strong mutual interest, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Knicks have gone the more-expensive route, trading for Andrea Bargnani. Perhaps, Bargnani can fill the role of a shooting forward better than Copeland, and the Knicks can afford him.

But the Pacers, who are less willing to spend, still must bolster their bench. They already signed C.J. Watson, and adding Copeland could be another good, cheap option.

  1. odenxx - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    From what I understand the Knicks and Indiana can offer him the same amount of money. Knicks over hicks all day!

  2. jkirby317 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    It looks like the Indiana Pacers are seriously attempting to fill the holes in their bench. Coming into the off-season they needed a shooter and Chris Copeland can do that–well.

  3. treatjr - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    you must mean in preference of location not in ability of team being that we just beat you in a 7 game series even though it only took 6 games. In case your a New Yorker let me translate. SCOREBOARD!!!!!!!

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      I’m A new Yorker and you kiss my kicks!

      Cope plays no Defense that is why Woody would pull him but I guess the
      Knicks didn’t “realize what they had”.

      • kingbeason52 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

        The Knicks are overrated and will never win with the team they have setup now..also..your just an idiot that brings no positive/factual comments…find another website to post your dumb comments on..loser

      • arlingtonsynn - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        None of the Knicks aside from Chandler play any form of D.

  4. sportsfan83 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    @kingbeason52

    How is a team who not many “experts” think highly of overrated? You obviously don’t know the meaning of the word. It’s usually only their fans who think so highly.

    I’m a Knicks fan but I’m not the type that acts as if they’re gonna win a title every years. Also if you’re gonna try and insult someone by calling them an idiot, make sure you know the difference between your and you’re, otherwise you’d be an idiot as well.

  5. caeser12 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    *Disclaimer: Knicks fan (1967).

    I like Copeland, when he played, he played hard, (when he played).

    Now saying that, why would Copeland come back and play for Mike “I haven’t the slightest clue of what I am doing” Woodson, who banished him to the end of the bench, until it was absolutely necessary to play him? The same Head Coach who inexplicably left him out of 2nd round playoff series against the Pacers, in favor of his pet J.R. Missy. I’m sure he wants his money, and he deserves it, but he would have stayed if he were an integral part of the teams plans (whatever Woodson’s plan is). If Copeland leaves, it’s because of Woodson, period.

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