Report: San Antonio Spurs Pursuing Forward Chris Copeland

By David Kenyon

The San Antonio Spurs might not be finished with their busy offseason.

According to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the Spurs are in the mix to bolster their bench by signing power forward Chris Copeland.

Free agent F Chris Copeland had a strong workout & visit with Bucks today, but SA & OKC still in mix, source said. Jason Kidd an ex-teammate

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 22, 2015

Spears’ update arrived two hours following a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein that Copeland is expected to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks.

After breaking into the NBA with the New York Knicks, Copeland spent the last two seasons playing for the Indiana Pacers. Copeland managed 6.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in 2014-15 but connected on a career-worst 36.1 percent from the field and 31.1 percent beyond the arc.

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San Antonio has 14 guaranteed deals and can only afford to add Copeland via a minimum contract. So, he must be willing to accept a salary worth $1.01 million, per Larry Coon’s NBA CBA FAQ.

The 31-year-old Copeland won’t be lured by a false promise of regular playing time. Barring injury, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tim Duncan, David West and Boris Diaw shouldn’t lose many minutes to Boban Marjanovic, Matt Bonner or potentially Copeland.

He’s a low-risk addition at a position that doesn’t need much. Nevertheless, Copeland’s ability to stretch the floor is a useful asset off the bench.

No matter where he eventually signs, though, Copeland must recover from an elbow fracture sustained from a stab wound in early April.

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