New York Knicks Rumors: Why the Knicks should let Chris Copeland walk

Apr. 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) waits to shoot a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 9892. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Many New York Knicks fans have expressed their desire to keep their pure scoring big man Chris Copeland.

But in reality, it would be better off for the Knicks to part ways with him.

The small forward was an offensive force when he came off the bench in the 56 games he played in last season,  but he showed that he didn’t know the definition of defense grabbing only 2.1 rpg over 15.4 mpg during the regular season and 1.0 rpg over 10.3 mpg in the postseason.

The Knicks would most likely have to use up more than half of their mini mid level exception or possibly the whole thing considering the amount offers Copeland seems to be receiving from his many suitors. It’s likely that $3 million won’t be enough to keep Copeland in the first place, but even if it were it would be the wrong decision.

The Knicks would be better off trying to sign a more defensive minded player such as Shawne Williams to a veterans minimum or possibly even Corey Brewer with their mini mid level exception.

The Knicks are in a sticky situation this offseason and trying to waste their time attempting to retain a 29 year old small forward who can’t defend should not be their top priority.

Copeland’s minutes gradually fell over the season with Mike Woodson opting to use Iman Shumpert at the three or playing Carmelo Anthony for an absurd amount of minutes.

The Knicks should be looking to put their money into players who can be lockdown defenders and can contribute on the offensive end and attempting to re-sign Copeland would be a waste of their time.

Topics: Chris Copeland, NBA Free Agency, New York Knicks, New York Knicks Rumors

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  • Franky Makesyoulikethis

    Mmh – I never thought about it this way, but you are right… Especially after the Bargnani trade we dont need to keep another -no defense- guy

    • amehra11

      I was thinking this through and believed that a lot of fans wanted Copeland back and I wanted to go against that cause I love watching bench players contribute (when the Kings came to MSG this season and we had a outbreak from the bench) and to me Cope wasn’t really showing any desire to improve on the defensive end and when dwelling deep into the stats in atrocious that Woody gave him so many minutes when he couldn’t contribute on the defensive end. I love his story of how he got to the NBA but to be successful you need to be great on both ends of the floor. Thanks for the read! @frankymakesyoulikethis:disqus

  • MeloTAPE

    I.E. Metta World Peace