Following his return to Israel, Arutz Sheva spoke with Casspi at the Maccabi museum in Tel Aviv Wednesday about his decision to come home after 10 years with the NBA. “It feels like home, in a sense,” said Casspi. “I grew up here, my family is here, my wife is from here. Coming back feels very normal to us.” Why did you come back? “For many reasons. One of the main reasons is that me and my family were looking for some sort of continuity and…a place that we can find ourselves in a position to give the best we can to our daughters and our family.”
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As an Israeli in the NBA, how do you sum up the past 10 years? “It has been amazing. It has been an amazing journey. I want to thank the many amazing people who welcomed me to the US and made me feel it was my home away from home: from the Jewish community and the Federations, from the Chabad houses across the country that always brought me kosher food and welcomed me to their synagogues to the Jewish community in general.”
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv announced the addition of Omri Casspi on Tuesday. The 31-year-old forward returned to his first professional team after ten NBA seasons. Reports on the two sides reuniting surfaced midway through July.
Although there have been reports about Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv trying to bring back Omri Casspi, the club announced that there is no agreement between the sides. More so, there haven’t even yet been negotiations on the sum or duration of the deal and the player expressed his desire to examine the NBA possibilities.
Omri Casspi is headed back to Europe after ten years in the NBA. The Israeli forward is signing a three-year, $3.4 million contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv where he will be also captain of the team and will have a managing role when he retires.
Per Sport 5’s report, Maccabi is “accelerating” the negotiations with Casspi in light of Milos Teodosic choosing to sign with Virtus Bologna. The Israeli side has been in contract with Casspi these past months and Fox, the club’s main sponsor, is willing to cover a part of the player’s contract. According to Eurohoops sources, Casspi’s priority is to find an NBA deal. He has been a free agent since the Memphis Grizzlies waived him in February.
Michael Wallace: One more order of business post-trade deadline. The @Memphis Grizzlies are releasing Omri Casspi to get roster down to NBA limit of 15. Casspi has been sidelined with a knee injury and return this season wasn’t guaranteed.
The Memphis Grizzlies have signed their second free agent in forward Omri Casspi. General manager Chris Wallace announced the deal Wednesday. Terms were not disclosed.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Omri Casspi has agreed to a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.
Casspi, 30, plans to spend the next few weeks visiting family in Tel Aviv, then return to Los Angeles to continue rehabilitating and training during the offseason. Famously upbeat, he has no desire to resume his career in Europe, which he started with Maccabi Tel Aviv. “No, I want to stay in the NBA,” he said. “I learned so much this year with the Warriors. That’s what makes this so hard. That is an amazing organization, and Steve, the way he handles things, the good times and the adversity, is really impressive. He told me he loves what I bring, too, and I could tell it was hard for him to tell me. “When we met with (Warriors GM) Bob (Myers) last night, Steve kept looking down. I told him, ‘I love you guys. I understand.’ I just feel if I could have ever gotten healthy, I’d be on on the playoff roster. But what are you going to do? This is a hard business sometimes.”
“It was difficult to sit with him and tell him we were going to do this, but it was the only decision we could make under the circumstances. We had to release somebody for Quinn (Cook) to play in the playoffs, and we couldn’t release someone else. Everyone else was healthy or under contract or under team control next year. … This was the decision we had to come to.”
Shams Charania: Sources: The Warriors and guard Quinn Cook have agreed on a multiyear deal that Cook is expected to sign by Tuesday. Golden State released Omri Casspi on Saturday to create roster space.
Monte Poole: Yes, Omri Casspi will get a ring if the #Warriors repeat. He was a member of the team for 98 pct of the season. Remember, Anderson Varejao played in 14 games and got a ring. Omri played in 53.
Anthony Slater: The Warriors have waived Omri Casspi.
Anthony Slater: This was the move that had to be made to get Quinn Cook on the playoff roster. Still a tough break for a veteran who had never played in a playoff game and signed with the Warriors on the minimum just for that reason.
Chris Haynes: Very unfortunate situation for Omri Casspi. But should the Warriors repeat, he would be offered a championship ring. Casspi has never played in the postseason.
Marc Stein: The Warriors, I’m told, badly wanted to avoid this outcome but also felt that they need to keep all of their bigs (Zaza, West, JaVale, Looney and Damion Jones) for the postseason grind to come
Marc Stein: Because he was not waived by March 1, Omri Casspi is ineligible to appear in the playoffs for any other team this season
Marc Stein: Very harsh numbers game catches up to Omri Casspi, who league sources say turned down more lucrative interest last summer from Brooklyn to go for a ring on a minimum deal in Golden State, only to be forced out when the Warriors had to manufacture a roster spot by Sunday for Cook
GoldenStateWarriors: #DubNation, join us in welcoming @Casspi18 to the squad!
The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors have signed free agent forward Omri Casspi (OME-ree), the team announced today. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. Casspi, 29, split the 2016-17 season between the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Minnesota Timberwolves, appearing in 36 games (two starts) and averaging 5.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 17.9 minutes per game.
Omri Casspi at the minimum is criminal. The league, for whatever reason, has never properly valued him. There were mitigating factors this summer: Casspi was coming off injury, and when New Orleans waived him, he lost his Bird rights — and the ability to make more dough in sign-and-trades. He also wanted to play for a ring; Casspi turned down a one-year, $4.5 million offer from a likely lottery team, according to a league source.
David Pick: Omri Casspi said he’d soon travel to San Francisco to sign with the Warriors. Welcome texts from Steve Kerr & KD were “a dream come true.”
Tim Bontemps: Omri Casspi signed with the Warriors on a one-year deal for the minimum, per sources. Great fit for GSW who still can use their taxpayer MLE
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent forward Omri Casspi has agreed to a one-year deal with Golden State, league sources tell ESPN.
Jerry Zgoda: Wolves officially announce Casspi signing. He’ll wear No. 18 pic.twitter.com/1QSmEUfcgr
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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