According to Sports Illustrated, the New Orleans Pelicans are making a push to acquire New York Knicks’ forward Chris Copeland. Copeland played 56 games last season as a 29 year old rookie after several seasons in the NBA Developmental League and in foreign professional leagues.
The Knicks offered Copeland a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent this offseason. This gives the Knicks the ability to match offers for Copeland. However, because the Knicks do not have his Bird Rights, they can only pay Copeland up to $3.1 million, the mini-midlevel exception. The Knicks are not able to offer even a dollar over this $3.1 million per year figure, and Copeland is reportedly seeking a 4 year, $40 million contract. The Pelicans have sufficient cap space to offer Copeland this desired contract.
The Indiana Pacers are also reportedly interested in Copeland. They do not, however, have the cap space to offer Copeland a contract meeting his financial demands.