Mar 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) reacts after making a basket during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Omri Casspi Will Be Waived By Pelicans After Trade

According to a report small forward Omri Casspi won’t be a member of the New Orleans Pelicans despite being traded to the team as part of the Omer Asik deal.

The move makes sense when looking at the Pelicans Las Vegas Summer league roster which includes a group of small forwards that they handpicked to bring in, which Reid also touched on.

Casspi would have been a nice fit for New Orleans if they had to move Luke Babbitt as part of the Asik trade but once the Pelicans were able to land Scotty Hopson and his contract to make things work there wasn’t really a need. Casspi fits best as a stretch four where he brings elite three-point shooting from the corners but he doesn’t do much else. Casspi was a small forward at the start of his NBA career but a lack of athleticism caused him to bounce around the league a bit before landing with Houston last year.

As for the small forward spot things seem likely to come down to a bargain deal and one of the summer league guys as the rest of the roster seems fairly set. DeQuan Jones had a nice afternoon yesterday and Josh Howard played well in the team’s first game in Vegas so no one seems to have a leg up yet. Now that the Asik trade is completed the small forward spot is the one remaining piece of the puzzle for the Pelicans.

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