Mar 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) reacts after making a basket during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
After getting waived by the New Orleans Pelicans and clearing waivers Friday, Omri Casspi will sign with the team that drafted him 23rd overall back in 2009, the Sacramento Kings.
ESPN’s Marc Stein was the first to break the news:
ESPN sources say Omri Casspi is finalizing a one-year contract at league min. with Sacramento tonight after clearing waivers earlier Friday
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 25, 2014
Following his first year with the Houston Rockets in 2013-14, Casspi was traded to New Orleans as part of the three team deal which landed the Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and allowed them to give up Omer Asik. The Pelicans subsequently waived his non-guaranteed contract off their books, and the Kings took advantage by signing their former draft selection to a one year contract at the minimum.
During his lone season with the Rockets, Casspi averaged 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists while playing 18.1 minutes per game off the bench. Despite displaying the qualities of a decent role player, his ability to shoot from outside proved inconsistent – he shot 34.7 percent through 71 games for Houston.
Casspi and the Kings shared a mutual interest in the small forward returning to Sacramento. Omri expressed this fact a few days ago when talking with Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee:
“My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams,” he said, “and the Kings are one of them. Couldn’t they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path.”
Good luck, Omri Casspi. After playing for three teams in five seasons, maybe he will find a home in the place where his career began.