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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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Gay exercised his player option worth $19.3 million to remain a King, with talks about a contract extension to follow. Not having a contract or agreement beyond this season is fine with Gay. He's focused on this season and will allow his representatives to worry about negotiations. "We started (negotiations) before I went to Spain with the USA team, stopped and haven't picked it up yet," Gay said after Monday morning's practice. "It's something that I really don't need over my head right now. I'm trying to make this team better and also be better myself. And I didn't need it over there. That's something that I think will handle itself." Sacramento Bee

Gay isn't opposed to more talks. But he has no desire to be involved in the art of making a deal. "I'm not going to get involved until it's near the end, or both sides feel it needs to happen," Gay said. "Then I'll make a decision." The Kings want Gay beyond this season. Had Gay left, the plan was to aggressively pursue a trade for a small forward. Sacramento Bee

Gay was asked if he can see himself in Sacramento long term. "I think so," Gay said. "I'm enjoying California, NoCal. It's cool. It's not as bad as I thought it was. You play in NBA cities and you expect Sacramento to be like L.A. or the Bay, but it's not; it's its own little thing. It's a family city, and that's what I'm growing to be, more of a family person." Sacramento Bee

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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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