Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Formerly known as one of the most promising young small forwards in the league, Omri Casspi found himself fighting for minutes and contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Drafted 23rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in 2009, Casspi immediately made an impact during his rookie season by averaging 10.3 points and 4.5 boards.
However, injuries and the emergence of more athletic wingman prevented Casspi to explode in his sophomore season and it eventually led him to his trade to then struggling Cavs.
Casspi provided solid numbers (7.1 points and 3.5 boards over 65 games) for the Cavs in his first season but he soon fell out of love in Byron Scott’s rotation mainly because of the athleticism offered by Alonzo Gee.
The Israeli forward is averaging 6.0 points and 2.4 boards in 13 minutes per game this season. The Cavs haven’t given Casspi a qualifying offer after both parties failed to come up with an extension deal before Oct. 31 deadline.
Casspi, nevertheless, is optimistic about his future with his team, adding hardwork and perseverance will eventually pay off.
“You only have a certain time that you play and you want to do so much,” Casspi told Hoopsworld Sunday. “You have to slow it down sometimes. I agree. It’s something I really thought about earlier. Not trying to get 25 rebounds in the six or seven minutes that I play. Or score twenty points. Take it one step at a time, be aggressive and do what I need to do to help the team win.”