Woj: Pacers nearing two-year contract for Chris Copeland

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The Pacers are finalizing a deal to sign Knicks forward Copeland.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Indiana Pacers are nearing a conclusion with New York Knicks free agent Chris Copeland for a two year contract.

The details of the contract have yet to be revealed, but Indiana will add Copeland as a sharpshooter off the bench. The 29-year-old Copeland was a rookie with the Knicks last year, shooting .421 from three point range in a three-point heavy New York offense. There are understandable concerns about Copeland being a player who can contribute at the same level again this year, but Indiana appears to be willing to take the risk on a two-year deal.

Copeland was easy to take note of when the Pacers played the Knicks this past postseason, with Copeland stepping into three pointers (and hitting them) immediately after checking into the game, going 11-20 from three point range in the six game series. Ideally, Copeland won't be relied on too heavily as a necessary shooter or offensive threat in the second unit, but any offensive potency will prove a welcome sign after last year.

While there are concerns about Copeland's defensive abilities, It's important to remember that a difference in second unit philosophy that might require a step away from Indiana's defensive identity isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are times where Indiana needed scoring last year. There are times when defense isn't as important as offense, making any defensive issues Copeland might have a minor concern as long as he can shoot consistently.

UPDATE:

Frank Isola has confirmed from Copeland's agent that the Pacers have signed him to a 2 yr./$6 mil. contract.

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