The New Orleans Pelicans have officially announced the signing of forward Chris Copeland. Copeland is on a training camp deal and has been with the Pelicans all summer.
The 32-year-old will be entering his fifth NBA season, last playing with the Milwaukee Bucks a season ago.
Copeland averaged just 2.1 points per game over 24 contests in 2015-2016, shooting just 33.3 percent from the floor and making 27.8 percent of his three-point attempts. He has had some success in the past, though. During his rookie campaign with the New York Knicks in 2012-2013, Copeland posted 8.7 points per game in 56 appearances, hitting his shots at a 47.9 percent rate and connecting on three-pointers on a 42.1 percent clip.
Copeland became a fan favorite at Madison Square Garden, but he quickly departed from the Knicks for the Indiana Pacers the following season.
The 6-9, 240-pounder spent two years with the Pacers with varying degrees of success. He hit on 41.8 percent of his long-distance tries over 79 attempts in 2013-14, but the following year, that number dipped to 31.1 percent with more three-point shot attempts (167) and playing time. After his poor output in 2014-2015, Copeland quickly wore out his welcome in Indiana and caught on with the Bucks, where he labored through the worst statistical season of his NBA career. Obviously, the Pelicans are hoping that he can recapture some of his New York magic from four years ago, but that may be a tall order given his lack of production the last two seasons.
The Pelicans have also announced the signing of center Robert Sacre.