According to ESPN’s Jared Zwerling and Chris Broussard, the Washington Wizards have reportedly been linked to Chris Copeland, who they hope would fill their need for a stretch four.
According to one league source, several other suitors will make pitches for Smith and Copeland. Smith has received early interest from the Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns, and Copeland’s list includes the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Washington Wizards.
Washington is hoping to acquire a forward with shooting ability to help spread the floor for John Wall and Bradley Beal. Both Wall and Beal have expressed interest in acquiring a stretch four this off-season, and it seems like the Wizards are trying to accommodate their needs. Copeland has also received interest from plenty of other teams, including the Knicks who he played for last season.
After having multiple stints in Europe and the NBA Developmental League, Copeland finally found a place for himself in the NBA. At 29 years old, Copeland was one of the oldest rookies this past season, but still managed to showcase his ability to shoot on the injury plagued New York Knicks.
Copeland averaged 8.7 points per game this past season and shot over 42 percent from beyond the three point arc.