Having just taken a look at a potential forward option that the Milwaukee Bucks could trade for in the form of Markieff Morris, it seems like the team might still have some other targets on their radar in free agency.
According to Sportando, Milwaukee is one of three teams to have reached out to veteran forward Chris Copeland and offered him a guaranteed deal.
Chris Copeland is considering guaranteed offers from the Spurs, the Bucks and the Clippers, a source told Sportando
— Sportando (@sportando) July 13, 2015
Copeland is a 6’9″ guy capable of slotting in at either the small or power forward spot, and at 31 years of age, it’s fair to say that he has been around the professional basketball block a few times.
After four years at the University of Colorado, Copeland went undrafted in 2006, and then set off on a round-about path to the NBA.
The New Jersey native headed to central Europe where he cut his teeth in spells playing in Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
After making an impression in Europe, Copeland got his chance back stateside signing with New York in 2012. In his only season as a Knick, Copeland played in 56 games and averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15 minutes a night.
Since that rookie NBA season, Copeland has been an Indiana Pacer and found his opportunities significantly more limited, but has still been productive when given the chance.
Most notably considering recent comments to come out of Milwaukee, this all adds up to an experienced player who’s also a shooter.
For his NBA career, Copeland has averaged 37.3 percent from behind the three-point line, to go along with marks of 48.7 from two-point range, and over 74 percent from the charity stripe.
I think in this league, as you can see, when teams are in the Finals or the Playoffs, you’ve got to make open shots, and that was something we struggled with.
So you know, you’re always looking for a shooter. Probably a veteran, a guy that can come in and doesn’t have to play a ton of minutes, can let the young guys play, but a guy who can come in show his work ethic and play hard.
Most recently, Copeland averaged 6.2 points, 2.2 boards, 1.0 assists, and 36 percent field goal shooting in Indiana, before his season was cut short following an unfortunate stabbing incident outside of a New York City night club that resulted in the veteran player being hospitalized.
Adding Copeland would definitely add depth for Milwaukee, but as of right now, I think there are still better options out there for them to explore.
Saying that, Copeland has 21 games of Playoff experience under his belt, and that isn’t necessarily something that can be said of many of the forward options left on the board.
Even if reports of an offer are true, the Bucks would still be said to face stiff competition from the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers for his signature, so it’s no slam dunk yet.
Still, it’s a situation to keep an eye on.
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