According to a story by Sportando, the Milwaukee Bucks are on a short list of teams that are getting consideration from free agent Chris Copeland. The 6'9" combo forward has spent three years in the league, one with the New York Knicks and the last two with the Indiana Pacers.
Copeland, 31, is known for his ability to stretch the floor and knock down shots. Despite a very down year (31 percent shooting from three, 36 percent overall), Copeland is a career 37 percent shooter from deep. After posting over 20 points per 36 minutes off the bench in each of his first two seasons, Copeland started in Paul George's absence to start last season but struggled to find his stroke and fell out of favor as the season wore on, dipping to just 13.4 points/36. With the recent departures of Jared Dudley and Ersan Ilyasova, one could have guessed that the Bucks would be on the hunt for another stretch four type, and Jason Kidd said yesterday in an interview with NBA TV that the team may be looking to explore signing a veteran shooter if the situation presented itself. Well, here we are.
The Sportando article also suggested that Copeland was receiving interest from the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers in addition to the Bucks. The Bucks have 14 guaranteed contracts currently on the roster, and thanks to their cap room exception the could offer a deal starting at up to $2.8 million. We'll find out soon if the Bucks can come out ahead.