After reports surfaced of J.R. Smith wishing to opt out of his contract, Chris Copeland was offered a qualifying offer in order to make him a restricted free agent. With the deal worth a “measly”, 988 K, Copeland is expected to decline the deal. What this means is that the Knicks will be able, in theory, to match any deal that is offered to Copeland.
However, with the lack of cap room that the Knicks have, the Knicks will only be able to go up to a 3.19 million dollar deal. Apparently, the New Orleans Pelicans are more than willing to pay a higher price for the role player.
Thus, it is expected that Copeland will take the money and run, ending his tenure with the Knicks.
While coach Mike Woodson very rarely used him, he was always able to spark the offense, which was frequently out of rhythm.
Here are some of Chris Copeland’s best moments of the 2013 season: