The Los Angeles Lakers have made an "exploratory offer" to free agent forward Chris Copeland, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN's sources. No deals can be signed until July 10 and Copeland will continue to field offers from around the league. The details of the offer have not been released.
Copeland was the first free agent the Lakers were linked to once free agency began. Copeland, 29, is coming off of his first year in the NBA after spending five seasons playing overseas in Spain, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.
Copeland made only $473,604 last year with the New York Knicks on a non-guaranteed contract. He shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Copeland averaged 8.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in the 15.7 minutes he played in his first season in the NBA.
The Lakers have one contract offer of roughly $3.1 million through the use of the taxpayer mid-level exception and will otherwise be reduced to veteran's minimum offers.
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