HoopsHype Omri Casspi rumors

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On contrary to EuroBasket 2011 Israel will enjoy the presence of its only NBA player in Casspi. Shivek knows exactly how important it is for his team. "Casspi's addiction, together with other players we expect to see with us in EuroBasket, will help us a lot in the upcoming tournament also in the match-ups we will have with our opponents." "Very often we see players who didn't play well during the season with their club but in the National Team step up and show their true quality. "I have no doubt all of our 12 guys will be in great shape when EuroBasket tips off. "I have faith in their abilities," he concluded. Casspi showed his anticipation for the upcoming campaign. After his 4th season in the NBA, when he wrote career lows in minutes and points, the Israeli forward is set to show his game is still among the top. "I can't wait to start playing with the national team," he said. "The togetherness of our team is our business card in this summer. "I believe we could have a good performance if we play like we know and can. Eurobasket 2013

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Omri Casspi: "For Maccabi...listen, I've been a Maccabi fan since I was 13...if Maccabi contacts me, of course I will be attentive to them and I'll talk to them. But I'm just not in that place in my career right now in terms of where I want to be. I'm not going back to Europe and I've said that no amount of money will bring me back. The only thing that would bring me back to Europe is if I don't receive any offers in the NBA. But I think there are teams that like me and want me. I don't want to say 'I'm staying [in the NBA] for sure' and then not receive any offers. My goal is to stay in the NBA on a winning team and compete for a championship." Walla Sport

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Casspi, who is extremely active in a number of Jewish community groups here and across the country, is in the last year of his contract, and the Cavs would have to make him a qualifying offer of $3.3 million to retain him, which seems unlikely. Casspi said he has no idea whether he'll be back next season -- and he's not worrying about it. "One thing I learned is to not think about the future too much,'' he said. "Take it one day at a time, one game at a time, play hard when you get the opportunity on both ends of the floor. That's what I'm trying to do. Whatever happens happens. I'll be really happy to be back. If not I'll find my way through the league. I'm happy that there's a lot of teams interested. Everything happens for a reason.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Casspi, who is extremely active in a number of Jewish community groups here and across the country, is in the last year of his contract, and the Cavs would have to make him a qualifying offer of $3.3 million to retain him, which seems unlikely. Casspi said he has no idea whether he'll be back next season -- and he's not worrying about it. "One thing I learned is to not think about the future too much,'' he said. "Take it one day at a time, one game at a time, play hard when you get the opportunity on both ends of the floor. That's what I'm trying to do. Whatever happens happens. I'll be really happy to be back. If not I'll find my way through the league. I'm happy that there's a lot of teams interested. Everything happens for a reason.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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What do you expect to happen with Cavs forward Omri Casspi? Marc Stein: Omri will be in the NBA with a new team next season. He'll be a free agent in July, so he'll have the chance to choose his destination for the first time in his NBA career. I've believed from the beginning that he'd flourish in the NBA as a role player with a playoff team if he wound up in the right situation. My suspicion is that he'll join a contender and be far more effective as a glue guy with a good team than we've seen in Cleveland, which has never been a good fit for him. The Cavs' emphasis these past two seasons has been collecting assets for future moves, not necessarily what's happening on the court in the present. He's just got to tune out the naysayers and pick the right team in free agency. And then you'll see a different Omri. Haaretz

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