“I had the opportunity to go back to Maccabi Tel Aviv or to go to Khimki Moscow and, ultimately, because of my desire not to commit long-term to anything beyond this coming season, I decided it would be best for me to stay here, and then after this season, reevaluate what I want to do with my career; whether I’m able to find an opportunity in the NBA next year, which was my goal, or whether I will again commit to a different kind of situation next season.
Jerryd Bayless, Sam Dekker and Norman Powell were among the current players who joined Casspi this summer. Campers who attended Basketball Without Borders came from 22 different countries to be a part of BWB. Many became friends and cheered for one another and he said it was uplifting to see kids from the Jewish community, Israeli community, Druze community and Muslim community all working together on the basketball court.
“They shared the experience of talking about life and showing that we can be united as one,” said Casspi. “This young generation will be our future leaders. It starts from a young age. We’re so much more alike than we are different. “At one point, we sat in a circle and just spoke about how we see the future. Basketball is a bridge to connect people.”
FIBA: Another guest from the @nba in Tel Aviv arena tonight as @atlhawks head coach Mike Budenholzer checks in to watch @ds17_fg and Germany take on Israel. #EuroBasket2017
Mayo’s next move isn’t clear. He’s still with Landmark Sports Agency, but Rob Pelinka, his old agent, is now the Lakers’ GM. He’s interested in playing in China, Spain or Israel this fall, but he hasn’t yet fielded any offers. If nothing concrete materializes, Mayo has an invite to continue his current training program in Minnesota, where Johnson and Gaines will be working with Jimmy Butler. “When you mess up, teams wonder whether they want to put their hands on you,” Mayo said. “I respect that. They can only go by a rap sheet or a résumé. If I get somewhere, I think I can change the perception.”
As mentioned on Walla, after unsucceeding in signing Jordan McRae, Maccabi has made an offer to Cole. Last season, he spent the first half in Shandong Golden Stars, but was released after nine performances, as towards the end of the season, he joined Oklahoma City Thunder but did not really fit in and only played 13 games.