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Lakers Rumors: Lakers Extend Chris Copeland Exploratory Offer

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While the Lakers have been focused on their meeting with Dwight Howard, they placed phone calls with several perimeter shooters in an effort to adapt to head coach Mike D’Antoni’s system.

Players like Francisco Garcia, Chase Budinger and Nick Young have been mentioned as possible free agents, but it sounds like they’ve already made an offer to one free agent.

Jared Zwerling of ESPN.com was the first to report the Lakers have made an “exploratory” offer to a Knicks free agent:

The Lakers did reach out to Copeland when free agency started, while the Knicks have reportedly not reached out to him since the end of the season.

Much like Earl Clark in LA, Copeland was a mid-season sensation and averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in only 56 games last season.

The 29-year-old is only in his second season and it remains to be seen what kind of money he’ll receive after the Bulls signed established veteran Mike Dunleavy to a two-year $6 million contract.

It remains to be seen how the Lakers strategy will change once they know Howard’s decision, but they’ve been very aggressive with free agents and that’s likely to continue.

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  • Zeshawn1

    If they sign copeland that means clark wont be returning ):

  • Laker J

    Would love to see Clark stay and MWP amnestied or traded. They should also sign Copeland. This kid can shoot! Hopefully, Nick Young and Aaron Brooks for the mini mid-level exception and we’re set, with or without Dwight.

    • Terrence

      You only get one mini-MLE/MLE. That’s why the Lakers are being so careful in how they spend it. You can split it into smaller chunks, but still mini-MLE is only 3.4 million for a luxury tax paying team.

  • Bobby Crutchfield

    They kept Luke Walton’s sorry ass for a decade Im sure they can find a spot for Earl

    • MiT-Chell Nacario

      co-Tail cheerleader LakergiRL walton LoL

  • Ro

    Earl is good, but he’s so inconstant with the three. They need perimeter shooting to fit Pringles system. If Phil was coach earl would’ve stayed because he fits the system.

    • Terrence

      Yeah, once defenders realized to rush at him he couldn’t make the shots anymore. That should be the next part of his game to develop. His shot is also very slow and deliberate. Would help if he would work on speeding it up.

  • MiT-Chell Nacario

    its Funny that nobody cares about Antwn Jamison LoL

  • Richard

    This Chris Copeland guy is very interesting considering the style of offense we have for LAL. He might just get the break here in La. But the sample size is too small to get a real feel of his game, but very intriguing prospect for D’Antoni. If Clark doesn’t use his head and go sign in another team, we need to have Copeland in purple n gold.

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