HoopsHype Chris Copeland rumors

June 29, 2013 Updates

European powerhouse FC Barcelona has elevated its pursuit of Copeland and wants to start negotiations on a lucrative contract for the 6-foot-8 forward, league sources told RealGM. Copeland will listen to all potential suitors, but still, he’s made clear his willingness to return to the Knicks even if they aren’t able to match his most pricey offer. RealGM

“Returning is very much an option,” agent John Spencer told RealGM. “He turned down several options to play, turned down enormous money to get an NBA opportunity last year. He wants to play and wants to contribute. The Knicks are a good organization, with Mike Woodson and the list goes on. There’s a chance another team will potentially pick him up, obviously, but the Knicks gave Chris the opportunity to play and he’s loyal because of that.” RealGM

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“He’s a very loyal guy,” Spencer said. “He would love to come back to the Knicks. They gave him an opportunity to play and a lot of firsts for him happened there. He has that sense of loyalty. He turned down a lot of money to play in New York last year. It would not surprise me if Chris turned down a lot of money to stay in New York. It’s really about circumstances and situations.” ZagsBlog.com

Jared Zwerling: Just in: #Knicks have made a qualifying offer to Copeland for 1 year at $988,872. Cope has until July 23 to accept. Other teams interested. Twitter @JaredZwerling

Knicks free agent Chris Copeland could fly the coop for the Big Easy to become a Pelican, The Post has learned. According to an NBA source, the newly named New Orleans Pelicans are planning to make a strong bid for the 6- foot-9 sniper as they are well under the salary cap and can make an offer that will blow Knicks owner James Dolan out of the water. New York Post

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Another league source said it's "likely" Smith will re-sign with the Knicks come free agency (starting July 1), putting their roster at eight players under contract for next season. That number could extend to 10 players if New York re-signs Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland, who both have qualifying offers of $988,872. If they don't accept the offers by June 30, they will become restricted free agents. ESPN.com

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