Forward Omri Casspi has cleared waivers and will sign with the Sacramento Kings on a one-year deal for the league minimum, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Casspi had acknowledged that there was mutual interest in returning to the team that drafted him in 2009.
"My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams," Casspi told the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin, "and the Kings are one of them. Couldn't they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run?"
Casspi was traded from the Houston Rockets to the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-way deal that also involved Trevor Ariza and Omer Asik. New Orleans subsequently waived him. He averaged 6.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season in Houston, shooting 42 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.
Since his rookie season in Sacramento, Casspi has competed hard on both ends and possessed the tools to be a solid role player. His outside shot, though, has been inconsistent, which is why he still finds himself on the fringes.
Allowing the 26-year-old to clear waivers before signing him means the Kings can keep forward Quincy Acy without clearing any additional cap space.