Kings’ Omri Casspi denies he requested trade

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With the Kings off to a bit of a slow start, the rumors of potential trades have started — Willie Cauley-Stein‘s name came up, and Shaquille O’Neal dropped DeMarcus Cousins hints.

The other name that hit the rumor mill in Sacramento Omri Casspi, with reports he requested a trade.

Casspi denied that to James Ham of

“Zero truth to that. Zero,” Casspi told CSN California via text.

According to multiple sources, Casspi’s agent met with the Kings this week to discuss his role with the team. But he did not request a trade at that time.

Casspi’s role with the Kings has declined under new coach Dave Joerger, he’s playing 12 fewer minutes a night. A hip injury was part of what set him back, but he hasn’t earned the trust of the coach more than Anthony Tolliver and others.

It’s possible the Kings will consider moving him, but not in the short term. If he does go on the market in a serious way, there will be interest, other GMs think he just needs a new setting.