Chris Copeland was the first player the Los Angeles Lakers were linked to after the start of free agency, and it seems that they’re interested enough in signing him that they’ve made him an offer:
League source: The Lakers have made an exploratory offer to Chris Copeland, but no signing. Cope's camp will await further offers & #Knicks.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 2, 2013
The 29-year-old rookie is coming off an impressive first season. He averaged 8.2 points per game, while shooting 42% from three. He had an above average PER of 16.89.
The Lakers likely offered the league minimum to Copeland, which is why he’ll take some time to see if any other team can come up with a better offer, including the New York Knicks. Since he is a restricted free agent, the Knicks can match any offer made by another team.
Due to the Lakers being so far over the salary cap, the most they can offer a free agent is just over $3 million.