In news that had been in the works for a bit now, the New Orleans Pelicans have officially waived small forward Omri Casspi who was acquired in the Omer Asik trade according to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein.
New Orleans, as expected, has released newly acquired forward Omri Casspi, who will find new team in free agency if he clears waivers
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014
Casspi was reportedly never thrilled with the idea about playing for the Pelicans as the reports that the team would waive him came out shortly after he was included in the Asik trade.
Casspi has never really found a home since he joined the NBA bouncing between the Sacramento Kings, Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets while trying to find a role. Casspi is an above average shooter, he is a career 35 percent three-point shooter, who would have been a nice fit in New Orleans if he stayed but since he came to the NBA he has also struggled to stay in front of wing players on defense.
During his time in Houston last year Casspi finally seemed to find a position as a stretch four, something the Pelicans didn’t really needed. It would be a surprise if Casspi actually passes through waivers but his camp has been clear that he wants a chance to pick his next year so that may be enough to help him not get claimed. The waiving of Casspi also sets the Pelicans up to officially sign John Salmons to the one year, $2 million deal that he agreed to last week as it opens up the needed roster spot.