The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent forward Chris Copeland for a one-year deal worth over $1.1 million, according to league sources.
Copeland’s last season came to a premature end when he was stabbed outside a New York night club on April 8. The forward featured for the Indiana Pacers in 2014-15 season.
He had to undergo surgery for the knife wounds sustained at his left elbow and abdomen. Aside from this, Copeland fractured his left elbow in the scuffle, according to sources. The forward though later apologized for the incident and spent much time off-season focusing on the rehabilitation of his injury to stage a comeback in the NBA.
The free agent forward was negotiating with the Bucks and the Oklahoma City Thunder past few days for a probable deal for coming season.
The 31-year-old Copeland wasn’t part of the regular rotation during last season. The forward averaged 6.2 points on 36.1 percent shooting in 16.6 minutes per game in 50 games.
The deal reunites Copeland with Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd, whom he played with at New York Knicks in the 2012-13 season. That was the breakout season for 6-foot-8 Copeland’s NBA career, where he averaged 8.7 points. Then he signed a two-year contract with the Indiana Pacers. In three NBA seasons, Copeland is a 6.5 points per game scorer. He shot 37.3 % from 3-point range.