“I’m excited because, obviously, things were tough more for me this year in Sacramento,” Casspi said. “And now I’m going to have an opportunity to play, and play for probably one of the best frontcourts in NBA history, so that would be great.”
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Mr. Benson Reacts to Recent Pelicans Trade: “I could not be more excited to add DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans. I know that everyone is thrilled with the anticipation of DeMarcus and Anthony (Davis) and Jrue (Holiday) and the rest of our team hitting the floor tomorrow night against the Houston Rockets. We are only a few games behind in the playoff hunt and I want to bring an NBA championship to this city. I think this trade puts us in a position where we are now more improved and can make a run. The NBA All-Star weekend was a great weekend for New Orleans and Anthony was a worthy MVP, and then we topped it off with a trade for one of the best players in the NBA. I was appreciative of Mickey (Loomis) for keeping me updated daily during the trade talks and I was 110% behind the decision. I hope all of our fans welcome DeMarcus and Omri with open arms to our great city.”
Sean Cunningham: Pelicans GM Del Demps and head coach Alvin Gentry arriving in Sacramento to pick up DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi. pic.twitter.com/lwnFrh2C5r
Omri Casspi: I want to thank the Sacramento Kings organization for the opportunity to play basketball in front of the great fans of Sacramento. My wife and I felt in Sacramento like being home and this is something we both will cherish for ever. This definitely isn’t easy for me and my family to leave, and you all know how much I love our city, organization and fans but the time has come. I want to wish nothing but success to my Kings. I will definitely will follow and cheer from afar. Always a big part of my heart, Omri #18
The Pelicans are sending guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round picks to the Kings as part of the deal, league sources said, with forward Omri Casspi going to the Kings.
The closest thing to a trade lock in the California capital is the exit of the popular Casspi, whose representatives have been blessed by the Kings to search out potential deals now that the versatile swingman — coming off the best year of his career — has been exiled from the rotation by new coach Dave Joerger.
Veteran wing Omri Casspi was told he’s out of the Kings rotation by Joerger. The 28-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and has shot over 40 percent from behind the arc over the previous two seasons. The Kings will have no trouble finding a taker for his $3 million deal for the remainder of the season if they choose to move him. – by James Ham
Though his agents quietly have been making inquiries around the league, Casspi, who has remained on the bench for five of the past six games – four of which were losses – has not formally requested a trade. That isn’t his style, either. But based on his demeanor, a change of address undoubtedly would be welcomed. Clearly he is miserable. He leaps off the bench to congratulate teammates during timeouts, remains engaged in huddles, and works out privately after games and practices to maintain a reasonable level of conditioning. Yet transparent to a fault, his dulled brown eyes, occasional head shakes and emotional gestures reveal his frustrations.
Omri Casspi wants to call Sacramento home. He wants to be here. He never wanted to leave in the first place. The Kings’ 2009 first-round draft choice, who also has spent time with Houston and Cleveland, rejected more lucrative offers to re-sign with his original club two offseasons ago. But this on-again, off-again relationship appears destined for another split. The Kings have a new coach, a glistening new arena, a new roster with a surprising number of older players, and seemingly little need for their popular small forward.
As Casspi’s minutes continued to decline, the rumor mill began to spin last weekend, suggesting that the eight-year veteran was looking to be traded to a team where he could find a fit in their rotation. Earlier this week, Casspi denied the report that he himself asked for a trade. “That’s the nature of things, with the situation and with everything going on,” Casspi said. “I don’t try and think about that or talk about it because I am not focused on any of that. I am focused on helping the team win. If something happens, something happens.”
The rumor mill is never kind to the Sacramento Kings. On Friday it was Willie Cauley-Stein’s name who came up in potential moves. And on Saturday, multiple reports have veteran forward Omri Casspi requesting a trade from the city he has called home for the last three seasons. But once again, this might be another case of much ado about nothing. “Zero truth to that. Zero,” Casspi told CSN California via text.
According to multiple sources, Casspi’s agent met with the Kings this week to discuss his role with the team. But he did not request a trade at that time. There is no question that Casspi isn’t exactly excited about his role with Kings this season. After averaging 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range in 27.2 minutes per game last season, he has struggled to find a footing in new head coach Dave Joerger’s rotation.
Miami has explored numerous options, one of which is Sacramento’s Omri Casspi, who entered Tuesday’s play at 42.2 percent from behind the arc, 11th in the NBA among players with at least 100 attempts. He’s 89 of 211, which would be the most conversions on the Heat, eight more than Chris Bosh. He’s also reasonably young (27) and cheap (on a two-year, $6 million contract).
So it’s not likely, without including a draft choice — and Miami can’t trade a first-rounder before the 2024 draft — that Miami can just dump cap space (in the form of, say, Chris Andersen’s contract) on Sacramento. It may need to include a player of some value, and sources say Sacramento has expressed interest in Tyler Johnson, even though Johnson may miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
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There’s no indication that the Heat wants to move on from 36-year-old Kyle Lowry – who is very close with Jimmy Butler – but Pat Riley has said that Lowry needs to get in better shape. The Heat has assured Lowry that it has no intention of trading him for Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, according to a source briefed on the situation. We’re told that Lowry wasn’t upset when Riley said publicly that his conditioning must improve.
Wizards All Star guard Bradley Beal declined his $36.4 million player option but has not requested a sign-and-trade to another team. The Heat would have interest in Beal if he asked to be traded to Miami. But as of Wednesday, he had not.
Power forward Bobby Portis opted out of his $4.6 million player option with Miwaukee, according to ESPN. According to a source, the Heat would be a team that appeals to him if he doesn’t sign with Milwaukee, but Miami is reluctant to give him or anyone the full mid-level exception, making Portis not likely for Miami. Portis can sign for four years and as much as $49 million with Milwaukee.
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June 29, 2022 | 6:55 pm EDT Update
The Lakers could also look to acquire players via trade, with rival executives believing Chicago’s Coby White could be a target. Moving Talen Horton-Tucker, a player whose ball-dominant skills are viewed by rival scouts as being redundant with the Lakers’ stars, could be a way to upgrade to suit the Lakers’ needs.