Omri Casspi Is a Cleveland Cavalier

Israeli baller gets his wish and departs Sacramento

By Marc Tracy|June 30, 2011 4:00 PM

The first and only Israeli to play [1] in the NBA was traded [2] by the Sacramento Kings, his team for his first two seasons, to Cleveland along with a conditional first-round pick in exchange for J.J. Hickson. CBS’s Eye on Basketball blog calls [3] this a win for Cleveland; ESPN’s top NBA beat writer, the tastefully named Marc Stein, reports that Casspi “has been coveted for his combination of defense, energy and underrated perimeter shooting by numerous teams after two solid seasons with the Kings.” So while this may not make up for what happened [4] to Cleveland basketball a year ago, it’s a start.

It’s good news for Casspi, whose sophomore numbers didn’t match his first-year ones, and who made it clear [5] he felt he wasn’t getting the minutes he deserved and hoped to take his talents elsewhere. And we are sure our Shaker Heights readers are very happy. Now if only there’s actually an NBA season [6] this October … .

Cleveland Obtains Omri Casspi from Kings [2] [ESPN]
With Talks Deadlocked, NBA Heads for a Shutdown [6] [NYT]
Earlier: It’s Not Easy Being Casspi [1]

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