The Knicks have made a qualifying offer to Chris Copeland, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York.
The offer is for one year and $988,872.
Copeland has until July 23 to accept, Zwerling notes.
A formality at this point, the common opinion seems to be that Copeland will decline it and look for a big deal as a restricted free agent.
Marc Berman of the New York Post has already reported that the New Orleans Pelicans might make an offer that would beat what the Knicks could match under the salary cap.
He also reported that Copeland is looking for what he called “Steve Novak Money” aka four years and 16 million dollars.
Cope played well enough in his time on the floor that he earned the right to go looking for that kind of money. He has a better all around game than Novak and is honestly a better defender, which isn’t saying much.
I hope he and the Knicks find a way to let him stay with this team because he could be a nice back up forward for Melo and provide another scoring threat off the bench.