Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi agrees to two-year deal with the Rockets


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.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.