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    Casspi close to signing with Timberwolves

    NBA journeyman Omri Casspi is closing in on a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to ESPNís Marc Stein. Casspi has been rehabbing from a broken right thumb suffered last month, but was cleared for basketball activities again last week.

    Casspi was dealt from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans in the DeMarcus Cousins trade, but the Pelicans cut him after his injury to add another player in an attempted playoff push. Several playoff teams reportedly showed interest in bringing in the wing, who is a 37 percent career shooter from three, but it looks like Minnesota might win out.

    While the Timberwolves have been playing better, theyíre 4.5 games out of the No. 8 seed, which gives them a slim chance of making up the distance. The Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies ó two teams who will certainly be in the playoffs ó were reportedly interesting in signing Casspi, so itís interesting he opted for Minnesota instead.


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    If we won out, I'm really hoping that means we signed him to a multi-year deal. We certainly have the cap space!


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    Stein added that Boston was also in the race for Casspi, but Thibodeau’s personal recruitment pitch over dinner in New Orleans was enough to lure the stretch forward to Minnesota.


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    Krawczynski:

    AP Source says Casspi deal with Wolves just covers the two sides to the end of the season. Nothing included yet for next year.


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    Surprised at this. Good hustle move by Thibs to make it happen.
    Inching back towards the wagon...slowly...


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Country Club View Post
    Surprised at this. Good hustle move by Thibs to make it happen.
    You'd have to think he sold Omar on a role with the team next year. Maybe he was looking for a good fit longer term rather than a playoff run this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stlouiswolf View Post
    You'd have to think he sold Omar on a role with the team next year. Maybe he was looking for a good fit longer term rather than a playoff run this year.
    Or he thinks he'll get more minutes to help increase his value for next year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LEvine View Post
    Or he thinks he'll get more minutes to help increase his value for next year.
    Or it's a combination of that and the fact that (I'm guessing) we offered the most money since we're still under the cap.


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    Quote Originally Posted by stlouiswolf View Post
    You'd have to think he sold Omar on a role with the team next year. Maybe he was looking for a good fit longer term rather than a playoff run this year.
    I think it's entirely possible it was the opposite, that other teams wanted a team option/non-guaranteed 2nd year, and only the Wolves were offering a straight rest-of-season contract.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LA_33 View Post
    I think it's entirely possible it was the opposite, that other teams wanted a team option/non-guaranteed 2nd year, and only the Wolves were offering a straight rest-of-season contract.
    Zgoda concurs:

    Multiple teams pursued him, but the Wolves offer Casspi the chance to play a notable role the rest of the season and they did not insist on a team option for next season, a provision that will allow Casspi to be a free agent this summer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LA_33 View Post
    I think it's entirely possible it was the opposite, that other teams wanted a team option/non-guaranteed 2nd year, and only the Wolves were offering a straight rest-of-season contract.
    A mix of both makes the most sense. Casspi is a player with a lot of allure in the international market so he's going to make 3-4 millions per easily unless he goes for a discount on purpose. However once his bare minimum of money has been settled he will try to raise the number-always had modest contracts- while he also would like to have some sort of continuity and coach confidence.

    The Wolves can use the short contract to evaluate Casspi, wait and see on Bjelica's injury development and cover themselves against the possibility of Bazz shooting himself out of their money range or some convenient player going elsewhere or even not being retained (Brandon Rush).

    If you are Omri and the competition is Bazz, Bjelica, Rush and an out of place Gorgui while you can play off KAT, Wiggins and Rubio it's not a bad scenario at all.


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    Omri Casspi is a good late-season find for Wolves
    By Derek James | @DerekJamesNBA
    March 19, 2017 5:17 pm

    http://www.1500espn.com/wolves-2/201...n-find-wolves/


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    No LaVine, no Bjelica...need 3 pt shooting. Another good move by Thibs. Casspi will have green light from day 1.
    The sun shines again in Golden State as the hungry Wolves remain poised for the night to come


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    Definitely one of the guys I had hoped we'd target but didn't think we'd actually get. Solid signing, hopefully he does well enough to get a contract next year



 

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