Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN is reporting that the Memphis Grizzlies have come to terms on a contract agreement with Omri Casspi. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed as of this writing.
Free agent forward Omri Casspi has agreed to a one-year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
Casspi, a 6’9”, 225 pound, 30 year-old forward is a veteran of nine NBA seasons and most recently played for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors this past season. He appeared in 53 games for Golden State, starting seven contests, in the regular season. He did not get any playing time in the postseason for the Warriors due to being waived to free up a roster spot. Casspi has also played for the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans (for one game), and Minnesota Timberwolves in his career.
While Casspi was not a huge contributor to the Warriors postseason run, he did show signs of being elite at what he does best - shoot the basketball. Casspi had a career-best campaign, shooting 58% overall from the field and 45.5% from beyond the arc (on only 22 attempts, but that makes his overall shooting percentage impressive since he shot 59.5% on those attempts, a vast majority of his shots) while posting the best offensive rating (117) ever. The career 36.9% three point shooter surely benefitted from being surrounded by some of the NBA’s best offensive weapons out in Oakland, but nonetheless his sharpshooting ways and size as a wing/stretch four surely would be helpful for the Grizzlies.
This signing is a bit of a surprise. While Memphis has been connected to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in other reports, Casspi comes out of left field as he was not widely discussed either here at GBB or anywhere else as a Grizzlies free agency target. He would be a solid veteran’s minimum signing, but if more than that is spent on him it feels like a likely poor investment at this stage.
With KCP, Avery Bradley, and Tyreke Evans still possibilities for Memphis, and a roster spot that would need to be opened potentially for any other player to join the Grizzlies at some point before the season starts, free agency moves have almost surely just begun in the Bluff City.
Stick with GBB as we keep you posted on all the happenings around free agency for the Memphis Grizzlies.
UPDATE- Chris Herrington, formerly of the Commercial Appeal, reports the deal is indeed for the veteran’s minimum. Good deal for the Grizzlies.
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