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Pelicans waive Omri Casspi, who could be headed to Kings

Jul 23, 2014, 7:12 PM EDT

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Omri Casspi, in a summer where more players than ever are being moved for financial purposes rather than what they bring on the court, is the latest caught in the whirlwind.

The Rockets sent him to the Pelicans in the Omer Asik trade, an inclusion that helped Houston create a trade exception but wasn’t paramount to the deal occurring. Casspi’s marginality in Houston appeared to be New Oreans’ gain.

The Pelicans can’t trade Casspi in a deal that aggregates his salary until Sept. 15, severely diminishing his usefulness as an asset, especially because his unguaranteed contract becomes fully guaranteed Aug. 6. But I figured New Orleans, efficient (No. 6 in 3-point percentage) though selective (29th in 3-point attempt rate) from beyond the arc, could still use him – especially after Anthony Morrow left for the Thunder.

Instead, Casspi will be changing teams again.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Because Casspi is on any minimum salary, any team  can claim him.

If multiple teams submit claims, he’ll go to the one with the worst record last season. The Kings rank seventh in that pecking order – behind the Bucks, 76ers, Magic, Jazz, Celtics and Lakers.

Casspi would remain on the same contract, which doesn’t become guaranteed until Aug. 6. A team that claims him still couldn’t trade him before that date, but it could hold his rights while determining whether or not to keep him. There’s little risk in submitting a claim at this time of year. Casspi could always be waived yet again in the next two weeks.

If the Kings nab Casspi – who began his NBA career in Sacramento – they’d likely waive Quincy Acy, whose contract becomes guaranteed Saturday. They could claim Casspi without waiving Acy, though that would take them over the luxury-tax line. Tax payments aren’t determined until the regular season ends, but why be put in the position of losing revenue-sharing payments when you can just drop Acy at no cost now?

  1. andreboy1 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    He’s such a weird player. He has size, competitiveness, he can jump, and the ability to shoot the deep ball but he’s only gotten worse since being a rookie.

    • au1978 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      He showed some promise early on with the Rockets but then he hit a wall and just completely disintegrated.

    • muhangis - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      He improved into his 2nd year, and played good for Houston last yr. Do you ever look at the stats page or just go by hype circles?

  2. milimpilim - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Would love to see him in Purple & Gold.

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