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Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 12:26 am
Posted by Ben Golliveromri-casspi-2

A national treasure is headed home.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, has signed to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The paper reports that he will join up with his new team "in several weeks" and that the signing has been confirmed by his agency, Creative Arts Agency.

The decision comes less than 24 hours after the National Basketball Players Association chose to issue a disclaimer of interest, a move that will likely take the ongoing labor impasse to court.

Earlier this week, Casspi had expressed frustration about the interminable NBA lockout on his Twitter account. notes that one of Casspi's messages included a desire for the players union to decertify.

A first round pick in 2009, Casspi, a hard-nosed small forward, played two years with the Sacramento Kings before he was traded to the Cavaliers for J.J. Hickson on June 30, the day before the NBA's lockout went into effect. Casspi had been pushing for the basement-dwelling Kings to trade him for months. 

Prior to his arrival in the NBA, Casspi played for Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2005-2006 and from 2007-2009. He made his Israeli professional debut at the age of 17. 

Maccabi Tel Aviv is Israel's most prestigious basketball club and is currently participating in Euroleague play. New Jersey Nets guard Jordan Farmar, former D-League big man Richard Hendrix, former Duke guard Jon Scheyer and former Gonzaga guard Jeremy Pargo are all currently on the roster

Casspi, 23, posted career averages of 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 148 appearances for the Kings. He was set to make $1.3 million for the 2011-2012 season in the third year of his rookie contract.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:32 pm

Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

This lockout has become so boring with nothing to report so they have to write news about Casspi. Sorry Casspi but i dont care where you play. Im just as pissed as every other fan about the lockout but come on already and the lockout so we dont have to read pointless news like this!

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 1:26 pm

Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Most leagues overseas limit the number of foreign players on the roster or in the game.    There will be room for players like Casppi who are retrning home to their native country, but not for the vast majority of US players.   Does anyone know the exact limit for Isreal and other foreign leagues?  I have also heard of US players onlyl playing in Euroleague games because of different rules. 

Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:43 am
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Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:08 am

Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Casspi is a good player. Very clutch, and the guy who ended up taking the last shots in sacramento because Evans was too gun shy.

It's funny though that Cleveland would trade Hickson for him. Hickson was their best bargaining piece in a trade to get that second superstar for Lebron, and arguably their best up and coming player last year. Yet they let him go for a guy that people have barely heard of.

Any word of a get out clause in case of an NBA season, or do people even care anymore when they're signing deals?

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:56 am

Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Why shouldn't lower level players go overseas?  I liked Casspi. He was under used in Sacramento, but a more complete player than some of their starters.  Considering he wasn't making much, relatively speaking, in the NBA he could probably return home with more visibility from playing in the NBA and parlay that into more money at home.  Plus, at least he's playing.  In a month or two the rest of the NBAPA will be envious of guys who are actually playing rather than sitting.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:34 am

Report: Omri Casspi signs with Maccabi Tel Aviv

Let the desperate stampede to foreign leagues begin!

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