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NBA Free Agents 2013: Underrated Acquisitions That Will Make a Big Impact

Much of the focus during the initial few days of the reported that Indy’s pursuit was successful and the organization was preparing to lock Copeland into a two-year contract worth $6.12 million.

During his breakout regular season, Copeland appeared in 56 games and started 13 of those. He averaged 8.7 points on 47.9 percent field goal shooting and 42.1 percent three-point shooting.

At 6’8”, 225 pounds, he proved that he has the size—as well as the skill set—required to play numerous positions and was used to plug holes all over the oft-injured Knicks roster.

Copeland’s presence will certainly be noticed, as he projects to become an integral part of a Pacers team looking to capitalize on their epic run through the playoffs and challenge the Heat for supremacy in the East next season.

Earl Clark, F, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are preparing for a surge from the league’s basement to a serious postseason contender 2013-14.

During the 2013 draft, the franchise loaded up with a number of potential stars, including No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett and Russian sniper Sergey Karasev at No. 19.

Despite those solid selections, there was still a clear lack of talent and experience at the 3 in Cleveland. That all changed when general manager Chris Grant extended a two-year contract worth $9 million to Earl Clark, as per Sean Deveney.

By agreeing to these terms, Clark not only becomes the best small forward on the roster—but also gives coach Mike Brown another option in the frontcourt.

As a throw-in during the blockbuster Dwight Howard trade last summer, Clark surprisingly became a significant contributor with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He averaged 7.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in 59 appearances, all career-highs for the four-year veteran.

The 6’10”, 225-pound forward certainly has the length to guard any 3 in the league and is also athletic and strong enough to play in the post if the team goes small.

Clark may not be a superstar in the making, but he’ll be a regular contributor and should be in line for his best season yet.

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