From a King to a Pel­i­can

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT - BY SI­MON GRIVER

Casspi’s best since join­ing the NBA in 2009 with an av­er­age of 11.8 points and a fre­quent place in the start­ing five.

The 6ft 9” for­ward has signed a twoyear $6 mil­lion con­tract which ends this sea­son, giv­ing him two months to per­suade the Pel­i­cans to of­fer him an ex­tended deal.

He spent five sea­sons with the Kings and also had spells at the Cleve­land Cava­liers and Hous­ton Rock­ets, as well as the Pel­i­cans who waived his ser­vices af­ter a pre­vi­ous

BAS­KET­BALL OMRI Casspi says he left Sacra­mento Kings with a heavy heart be­fore join­ing New Or­leans Pel­i­cans.

Casspi was part of a five­player trade be­tween the Pel­i­cans and the Kings, af­ter a suc­cess­ful spell there.

The Is­raeli NBA star moves to the Pel­i­cans with Kings star and close friend DeMar­cus Cousins, while three Pel­i­cans play­ers join the Kings. Omri Casspi

Casspi, 28, will hope to reignite his trade. stalled NBA ca­reer. He has been side­lined Casspi said: “It was not an easy de­ci­sion by a calf in­jury since Jan­uary 13 to leave. I’ve al­ways felt at home in and was only av­er­ag­ing 19 min­utes and Sacra­mento and I’ll carry on sup­port­ing 5.9 points per game this sea­son. This the team from afar. The team, the city was dis­ap­point­ing as last sea­son was and the fans will al­ways be in my heart.”

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