Since being bounced from the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers on Saturday the talk around New York has centered around one topic – How can the Knicks improve their roster?
From talk of Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and everyone in between the Knicks fan base is clearly desperate to see their team take the next step. Not only would landing Chris Paul be nearly impossible based on the current CBA, but the only way the Knicks could even sniff at the idea would be through a sign a trade, something that they currently can not do seeing as they are more than 4 million dollars over the salary cap.
Realistically the Knicks have a better chance at landing Cliff Paul than they do Chris Paul.
So what can the Knicks do to improive their team?
A big step in the right direction would be resigning promising first year player Chris Copeland, who spoke yesterday about wanting to return to play for the Knicks next season.
Copeland, a native of Orange New Jersey, averaged 8.7 points for the Knicks this season, turning heads with his exceptional offensive ability.
Copeland enters the offseason as a restricted free agent, meaning the Knicks can only use their mini mid-level exception on him, which would allow the team to match offers up to 3.2 million to retain the promising 29 year old rookie. It is possible that a team could offer Copeland more than the mini mid-level exception, but based on Copeland’s comments to the New York Post’s Mark Hale it sounds like Copeland’s number one priority is not to chase the biggest payday in free agency:
Copeland’s comments definitely give the Knicks reason to be hopeful since bringing Copeland back would help a team that seemed to struggle at times when Carmelo Anthony could not carry them offensively.