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NBA Rumors: LA Clippers Interested in Omri Casspi

The 28-year-old Israeli swingman, recently bought out by the New Orleans Pelicans, would add versatility and shooting to the bench.

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According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Clippers are among several playoff teams interested in signing free agent forward Omri Casspi, who was bought out by the Pelicans after breaking his thumb in his first game in New Orleans.

Casspi’s original recovery timeline had him projected to be out until April, but recent reports indicated that he was well ahead of schedule. After spending two and a half seasons with the Kings, Casspi was sent to New Orleans at this year’s deadline as part of the blockbuster deal for his friend DeMarcus Cousins.

The Clippers have been in Casspi trade rumors in the past, although it should be noted that he was represented by Clippers nemesis Dan Fegan until just a few days ago. Whether Fegan’s termination will affect his buyout destination is unknown.

The Grizzlies can probably offer Casspi a larger role and more playing time than the Clippers can guarantee, but LA will probably be a postseason contender and a threat to make a deep playoff run.

If Casspi agrees to a deal with the Clippers, Alan Anderson is the player most likely to be released in order to create roster space. The 6’9” Casspi would likely take Wes Johnson’s spot in the rotation as a smallball 4; while his defense isn’t at the same level as WeJo’s, he brings outside shooting (40% from deep over the last three years) and the ability to attack off the dribble and make plays for himself and others.