Rumor: Omri Casspi close to deal with Minnesota Timberwolves

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Omri Casspi might have been the second- or third-best player in the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. Unfortunately for both Casspi and the Pelicans, he broke his thumb in his first game for New Orleans.

That forced the Pelicans to waive Casspi, who then was able to shop around for another team.

Now, it appears Casspi has found a team willing to take him on. According to ESPN, the sharpshooting wing is close to a deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Via Twitter:

Casspi would replace the gap left by Zach LaVine, who tore his ACL, and Nemanja Bjelica, who is out for the season with a foot injury.

It’s interesting that Casspi isn’t closing a deal with a playoff team. You would think his skill set would be better suited to a team looking to add the final firepower they need for a deep postseason run.

Perhaps Casspi sees an opportunity for more playing time in Minnesota, given their need for players of his caliber and the open opportunity due to injury.