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Omri Casspi agrees to two-year deal with the Rockets

Jul 6, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

Omri Casspi AP

When I spoke with Omri Casspi last month in Italy at adidas Eurocamp, he wasn’t yet sure if the Cavaliers would extend him the qualifying offer necessary to make him a restricted free agent.

But after playing for losing teams in each of his first four NBA seasons, Casspi wasn’t only looking for a new contract — he was hoping to get on with a winning organization, as well.

“I just want to be in the right situation, play for the right team, and win — you know, compete for something,” Casspi said. “I’ve been in the league four years now and never competed really in the playoffs, or been part of a winning organization. It’s a big key choosing my next team.”

His next team will be the Houston Rockets.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, it’s a two-year, $2.6 million deal that will include a team option for that second season.

Winning was already happening in Houston, where the team reached the playoffs last season and hassled the Thunder in the first round, before being defeated in six games. Now that Dwight Howard has agreed to join the team, there should be an immediate uptick in that department, and Casspi will get the chance he was looking for to be a contributor in a more positive situation.

  1. thekingdave - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Francisco Garcia too

  2. htownred34 - Jul 6, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Hopefully we can find a pf

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      Trade for Amare, please!

      • dylude - Jul 6, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Haha @ cantonbound13

        Aww I actually feel sorry for NY Knicks fans because not even one of the worst GMs would take on that contract when trying to win and Morey isn’t close to one of the worst.

        But at least you beat Houston in the Melo sweepstakes. Thats an accomplishment of sorts.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 6, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        It’s all fun and games laughing at the Knicks until Tyson Chandler comes back to full health. If he can play healthy all year like he did in 2011, that team is loaded like crazy. I’m no Knicks fan, but the potential there is off the charts. If every player stays healthy and plays up to his capability, they’ll run circles around everyone, including the Heat.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        The Knicks will battle the Nets for 4th place in the East next yr and lose the 4th spot to them. The best the Knicks will do is be the 5th seed.

        Heat
        Pacers
        Bulls
        Nets
        Knicks

      • fanofthegame79 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:50 AM

        Sportsfan I think your spot on with those 5.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        why

  3. saint1997 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Kurt what’s the buzz on Monta Ellis? Been surprisingly quiet there…

  4. timb12 - Jul 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    As a Rockets fan I’d love to have Garcia and Delfino back.

  5. tv63 - Jul 7, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Very happy for Casspi. Bryon Scott treated him like crap. He banished him to the bench for 3 months after he had stomach flu in Dec. Even when Cavs were losing so bad; he still wouldn’t play him. It was so obvious there was some type of vendetta. It was a blessing he got his appendix removed at the end because he would have been humiliated more . Fresh start in Houston so make it work.

    • BrownsTown - Jul 8, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      The only vendetta he had was a vendetta against bad basketball players. Casspi is horrible and couldn’t get minutes on a losing team where the biggest positional weakness was SF.

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