After bringing back Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks don’t have much financial wiggle room. They didn’t have much with Anthony off the roster either, but they’re now subject to using NBA issued exceptions and minimum salary deals. Might they use one on Omri Casspi?
The Houston Rockets forward is set to become a member of the New Orleans Pelicans in the coming days but his stay in the Bayou isn’t expected to last long as its been reported that Casspi could be waived by the Pelicans. If that happens to be the case, Omri Casspi may be looking to sign with the New York Knicks.
A former member of the Sacramento Kings, Casspi has been cheered loudly by fans any time he’s played at Madison Square Garden due to his heritage and has seemingly always had a fondness for the locale and franchise. Given the fact that the Knicks could use a cheap shooter and Casspi seems intrigued by playing in the Big Apple, it seems as if the two sides could be a good match.
Omri Casspi came into the league with a bang though struggled after his rookie season. However, his play significantly improved last season where he put up 7 points in 18 minutes a game for the Houston Rockets and could be a serviceable bench talent for the New York Knicks.
Of course, Casspi would have to clear waivers and that’s no given considering he’s on a small veteran contract, but it’s still unlikely a team would put in a claim on the former first round pick.