HoopsHype Omri Casspi rumors

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After three seasons away, Omri Casspi is back with the Sacramento Kings. He’s not the same player the Kings drafted with the 23rd overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Israeli born forward is no longer a rookie with unlimited upside. He is a veteran now and he understands that he is back in Sacramento to play a role, which is something he was not prepared to do as a young player. “A lot more mature,” Casspi said of how he is different this time around. “I think experience is a big part of it. Knowing my role, what I need to do to help this team win basketball games.” Cowbell Kingdom

While the basketball was great, Israel wasn’t the safest spot in the world this summer. Casspi found himself in the middle of not only a political storm, but a full-fledged conflict. Like most players, basketball became an escape for the 6-foot-9 forward. But for Casspi, the bounce of the ball had to drown out the pounding of missile strikes. “At some point, you want to leave politics aside and you want to just focus on what I’m here to do,” Casspi said. “That’s to just play basketball and help my team, my Kings, to win as many basketball games as possible for our fans, for ourselves, for our organization. That’s what I’m here for. So I’m trying to focus on basketball as much as I can.” Cowbell Kingdom

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Casspi confirmed on Friday that he is interested in being a part of the franchise. "We'll see, they're building a team and hopefully I'll be a part of it. I want to be a part of it because I love soccer and I love the city of Sacramento, I think it's going to be great. I'm a big fan, and I enjoyed the game two weeks ago when I was there. I wish I could go tomorrow, but we have stuff to get done here first - I'll follow it," Casspi said. Sactown Royalty

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The Sacramento Kings today signed free agent forward Omri Casspi, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. NBA.com

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Marc Stein: Based on my famously dodgy math, Casspi's current contract would have exceeded Sacramento's mere $976,295 under the tax line. This way Casspi can sign deal that only counts for $915,243 on Kings' cap and allows SAC to keep Quincy Acy as opposed to waiving him first Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Marc Stein: ESPN sources say that Omri Casspi, in a surprise, has just cleared waivers and is a free agent. With Casspi on a favorable minimum contract, expectation was that he'd be claimed, with Sacramento among the teams expected to put in a bid Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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