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The Wolves will sign veteran forward Omri Casspi for the rest of the season, not in time for this afternoon’s game at New Orleans but by Tuesday’s home game against San Antonio.
Multiple teams persued him, but the Wolves offer Casspi the chance to play a notable role the rest of the season and they did not insist on a team option for next season, a provision that will allow Casspi to be a free agent this summer.
Free-agent swingman Omri Casspi has come to terms on a rest-of-the-season contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to league sources.
Jon Krawczynski: Casspi met with Thibodeau in New Orleans for a couple of hours. Thibs looking for a versatile forward to cover Bjelica’s injury
Jon Krawczynski: AP Source: Casspi has agreed to join Timberwolves. Will fly home with team from New Orleans tonight. @Marc Stein 1st w/imminent deal
Jon Krawczynski: AP Source says Casspi deal with Wolves just covers the two sides to the end of the season. Nothing included yet for next year.
victoreee: You hear anything about Casspi? Would love to claim him and gain early bird rights. – Darren Wolfson: Told #Twolves doing homework on Casspi. He makes a ton of sense + will be ready to play very soon. Issue, presumably, is he’ll have options.
Marc Stein: Omri Casspi is closing on a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to league sources
The Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, sources say, are among the teams that have expressed exploratory interest. The Grizzlies, in particular, appear to have an opening on the wing after Chandler Parsons was sadly ruled out for the rest of the season thanks to his own hard-luck meniscus tear in his left knee.
Marc Stein: Veteran swingman Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball activities after his recent thumb injury, league sources say,
Scott Kushner: Omri Casspi has been working out in New Orleans at the #Pelicans facility since injury. Was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Marc Stein: Free Agency news: League sources say swingman Omri Casspi is about a week or so away from clearance and drawing interest from playoff teams.
Marc Stein: Casspi suffered a bad-luck thumb injury in his New Orleans debut but sources say he is ahead of schedule and has multiple teams in pursuit.
Marc Stein: Omri Casspi has cleared waivers and is a free agent, according to league sources
The Pelicans waived Omri Casspi (broken right thumb) to create a roster spot that was needed to sign Williams. In an extremely bad piece of luck, Casspi was injured while making his New Orleans debut Thursday and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks. “I think he understood,” Gentry said of Casspi’s reaction to the roster move. “We talked about it and it’s just an unfortunate situation. He was going to be a guy who could help us in the shooting aspect and he has good size. But these kinds of things happen. At this stage, it was just really important for us to have that roster spot. Hopefully he can recover quickly and we’ll see what happens.”
Justin Verrier: Pelicans have officially waived Omri Casspi.
Shams Charania: New Orleans is waiving forward Omri Casspi, signing guard Reggie Williams, league sources tell @The Vertical. Casspi out with broken thumb.
Marc Stein: To create a roster spot, New Orleans is forced to waive the injured Omri Casspi, league sources say
David Pick: Omri Casspi: “Firing George Karl was disappointing. He is one of greatest coaches in the NBA, he is a HOFer. We (players) didn’t do a good enough job of winning games to keep him as head coach. Not making the playoffs is upsetting because we’re a lot more talented than some of the teams in there, but we’ve been through situations this season that are hard for me to explain. The Kings want me back next season, I’m not sure who the coach will be, but I’m adaptable, I’m comfortable in most systems. I’m confident I’ll be back in Sacramento next season.”
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Mark Berman: 2016 2nd-round pick Zhou Qi in Houston from China. Agent Tony Leng:”He comes here to train & we’re looking forward to sign w/ the #Rockets “
Marc Berman: Tony Leng, Zhou Qi’s Chinese agent: “He comes here to train, and obviously we’re looking forward to sign with the Rockets and that’s what he came here for, to be able to play in the NBA and to achieve his childhood dreams, playing in the NBA. Until that contract is signed we cannot say that. He’s just come off a very successful CBA season, got a championship for his club in China. Just wants to get here and train and get better.”
Ballmer, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO who purchased the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion, said his team will likely lose money as it spends on talent to win. But NBA teams will be worth more in the long run, offering a big return on his investment if he ever decides to sell.