Chris Copeland was brought in to provide experience and three-point shooting off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks. The 31-year-old forward is the oldest player on the roster with a guaranteed contract. Copeland has history with Bucks head coach Jason Kidd, having played together with the New York Knicks during the 2012-13 season.
Copeland believes he can be a mentor for younger forwards like Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the way Kidd was a mentor to him in New Yok. Kidd plans to use Copeland's size and versatility to help the Bucks' small ball lineup.
Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has more from Bucks camp about Copeland’s return to practice and his role on the team for the upcoming season:
- "Kidd said Copeland's ability to play a 'stretch 4' role can help the Bucks. 'I played with Chris in New York and I understand what he can do,' Kidd said. 'I've always thought history never hurts. Chris is a good guy and we're lucky to have him.' Copeland signed with the Bucks in late July and said he believes he can mentor some of the young players, including Parker and third-year forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. 'I've seen a lot,' Copeland said. 'I haven't been in the league as long as a lot of guys, but I've been playing this game a long time, whether it be overseas in different places. I hope to be a good source for them and just try to help them along the way. A lot of our roads are our own, but if I can guide them here and there, I would love to do that.'"