After being recently dropped from the Cleveland Cavaliers rotation, the once promising Omri Casspi has requested a trade out of Cleveland, per a report by NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. Casspi, who is the first Isreali-born NBA player, missed five games in Decemeber with gastronitis and has since become an afterthought in Cleveland.
Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has been making calls on possible deals for Casspi, but nothing has materialized. The request for a trade was made through Casspi’s representatives with Creative Arts Agency (CAA), sources said.
If the Cavaliers part ways with Casspi, they won’t be doing it on the cheap. Back in 2011 the Cavaliers traded first round pick J.J. Hickson to the Sacramento Kings, along with a protected first round pick, to acquire Casspi.
Casspi is himself a former first round pick, being selected 23rd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. Since coming into the league four years ago, Casspi has showed intense flashes of serious promise as a viable NBA star. But he hasn’t yet come into his own and apparently Cleveland is not willing to wait around for him to develop.
After starting 93 games over the last three seasons, Casspi has played just one minute for the Cavaliers since Decemeber 11th, so it would appear that the notion of trading Casspi is a mutual one between player and franchise.