HoopsHype Chris Copeland rumors


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While discussing his bench, Pacers coach Frank Vogel stressed the problem of lots of talent, not enough time. “We have Chris Copeland, who I can’t find enough minutes for, who’s going to be a big-time threat for us,” Vogel said of Copeland, an 8.7 point scorer and 42.1-percent shooter on 3-pointers as a Knicks rookie last season. “He said that? That’s cool. We’re deep as you can tell,” Copeland said. “You can see us out there, when we’re going it’s just exciting to watch. It’s a fun team to be on. I’m loving it.” New York Post

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The divorce settlement, however, wasn’t bad as Copeland signed a two-year, $6 million free-agent contract in July with Indiana. It was a small but important signing considering the 6-foot-8 Copeland gives the Pacers what they lacked; a big man with 3-point range. That he was a rising player from an Eastern Conference rival was a bonus. “I’m not going to lie and say (money) wasn’t a factor,” Copeland said. “But it was more than the money. I never anticipated making this move. I thought I’d end up taking a pay cut. But when you factor in everything; the situation here, the role, the chance of winning a champion…even though I think the opportunity is there for New York as well. But at this stage of my career I wanted to build on what I did last season.” New York Daily News

September 19, 2013 Updates

However, ask about the offseason moves made by Pacers officials – signing C.J. Watson, Chris Copeland and trading for Luis Scola – and Granger lights up in excitement. “It’s really encouraging,” he said. “They kinda see the potential that this group has and I think we’re really going for it. We really are title contenders now and we have to show it. “I think [Scola’s] probably our biggest free agent pickup. In my mind, he’s a starting power forward in the NBA and I don’t know how we pulled him off and how we got him but we did. I think that’s the brilliance of Donnie [Walsh] and Larry [Bird].” NBA.com

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"I’m still a rehab patient, somebody [reminded] me today," Copeland said while up in Clay Terrace to attend the grand opening of St. Vincent Sports Performance’s new training facility. It was his first public appearance to sign autographs and take pictures with Pacers fans. I’m getting back, getting my legs under me, doing a lot of rehab stuff trying to get stronger. I’m hitting the floor. This is my first week actually playing, getting up and down some. Obviously, I’m not 100 percent. I’m not going to lie to you. But I can play. I’m getting up and down and the fact that I can actually play and get on the floor is good enough for me at this point." NBA.com

Familiarizing himself with the Pacers staff and surroundings should only aid in Copeland's transition to a new team. He's also spent countless hours in the training room and practice floor talking with Danny Granger, the longest-tenured player on the Pacers roster. "Danny’s been big for me, helping me understand what the culture is here,” Copeland said. “He’s been around and he’s done an amazing job in this league and I’m learning at this point." NBA.com

Like Copeland, Granger is also receiving treatment for his left knee. However, Granger’s injury was much more severe and, at this point, his future and how he can contribute is unclear. The fact that he scrimmaged with teammates this week is a positive indicator. "He’s back on the floor as well," Copeland said of Granger. "He’s not 100 percent, but he’s looking great." NBA.com

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Having the surgery has afforded him the opportunity to spend additional time in Indianapolis, at The Fieldhouse, and around team personnel. That’s invaluable for a new player joining a core roster that came within one win of the NBA Finals. “That’s the best for me,” Copeland said. “It’s a good situation for me to get involved in things like Area 55 final auditions, be around here and really get a feel for the team, feel for the area, and a feel for the people. It’s just a great situation. We talked about (how) it’d be a great time to stop for a second and get grounded here.” He’s also going through the process of finding a place to live, with the assistance of the Pacers staff. “I plan on buying because I don’t plan on going anywhere for a while,” he said confidently. NBA.com

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Q: You said you like Buenos Aires a lot. Why? Chris Copeland: “The people here have been great. It’s a beautiful area. We're staying at a hotel right next to a river walk that’s like the one in San Antonio. Seems like it’s everything you want in a country.” Q: It’s ironic you are in Argentina. That’s the homeland of Luis Scola, who the Pacers recently acquired. What is your reaction to that? A: “I don’t want to say much about that (the trade had not officially been announced at the time of the interview). But if we could get him, it would be awesome.” The Star Press

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