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Why the Trail Blazers Won’t Sign Omri Casspi

Casspi might be the kind of player Portland needs, but Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report warns fans to not get their hopes up.

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Last week, Dan Favale of Bleacher Report looked at who the Portland Trail Blazers’ top target in NBA Free Agency should be, opting for Omri Casspi. The veteran forward’s rocky tenure with the Golden State Warriors made him a prime candidate for the veteran minimum, something Portland needs with a bloated payroll. In a dose of reality presented by Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report, he explains why Blazers fans shouldn’t get their hopes up about signing him:

All that is to say a player of Casspi’s ilk—little-used and then ultimately waived by the Warriors—is what Portland should be targeting. He won’t command more than the minimum, and that matters for a team in the Blazers’ financial situation.

Unfortunately, Casspi may not be available. Not because he’ll sign with another NBA team, but because he may be out of the league altogether.

A savvy cutter with a purportedly dangerous three-point shot should have thrived in Golden State’s offense. Despite the ideal conditions, Casspi flopped so badly that the Warriors cut him in order to give two-way G-League player Quinn Cook a two-year contract. It sounds cruel, but if Casspi couldn’t make it work with the Warriors, where can he?

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