The Grizzlies could be lining up Omri Casspi to improve their options after Chandler Parsons went down with a meniscus tear in his left knee, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The 28-year-old forward last played for the New Orleans Pelicans, but broke his thumb in his debut with the team after being traded by the Sacramento Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal.
He was waived by the Pelicans after the injury and was due to be out for about a month, but recovered quicker than expected. He’s now free to sign with any team he chooses, which will be his third of the season.
Sources say Casspi is now evaluating his options and has drawn interest from multiple playoff teams, including the Grizzlies and Clippers.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 14, 2017
On the 10th of March, Stein reported that Casspi was about a week away from being cleared to play and was drawing attention from several playoff teams. There was plenty of speculation as to who these teams were, but the Warriors, Clippers, Wizards, and Rockets were all mentioned as possible destinations.
He could offer points off the bench and a solid option against favorable opposition for Coach Fizdale, who would probably like to replace Parsons’ size and potential scoring even if he wasn’t having his most prolific season on the court.
Casspi started just two games for the Kings but played in 22, and averages 8.4 points, 4.2 assists, and 1.2 assist per game throughout his nine-year career.