May 16, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks small forward Chris Copeland (14) shoots a free throw during the second quarter of game five of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Pacers Chris Copeland out 6-8 weeks after arthroscopic surgery

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Just weeks after signing a deal with the Indiana Pacers, Chris Copeland will be out of action for nearly two months as he underwent successful arthroscopic surgery this morning.

Copeland who was relatively healthy during his rookie season with the New York Knicks began experiencing knee pain, which resulted in doctors removing a ‘loose body':

The Indiana Pacers announced Friday that forward Chris Copeland underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove a loose body. The surgery was performed Friday morning at the Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital. Recovery time is estimated at six to eight weeks and Copeland is expected to be ready for the start of the 2013 training camp.

The 29-year-old Copeland played in 56 games during his rookie season in New York last year, starting 13 of them. As a starter, Copeland flourished, averaging 16 plus points a game on 47% from the field. The former University of Colorado product tossed in nearly four rebounds a game along with a steal in those 13 starts.

Copeland’s contract with the Pacers is worth $6 million dollars over two seasons.

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