Casspi totaled one point (0-1 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists and one rebound across 12 minutes during Monday's 110-109 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Since seeing 22 minutes in his Timberwolves debut, Casspi has averaged 2.5 points on 35.7 percent shooting across 13.3 minutes per game and has failed to make a three-pointer. It's possible he's still feeling some lingering discomfort in his right thumb, which he fractured during his team debut with the Pelicans. Regardless, if he sees only around 15 minutes per game moving forward, Casspi can safely be ignored in the vast majority of fantasy formats.
Casspi compiled five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt) and one rebound across 22 minutes off the bench in a 100-93 loss to the Spurs on Tuesday.
Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau wasted no time in inserting the newly-signed forward into the rotation, as Casspi saw a healthy minutes load behind starters Gorgui Dieng and Andrew Wiggins. However, it was a rough outing for the veteran sharpshooter, who led the team with five turnovers. That won't be the norm for Casspi, whose ability to space the floor should make him a valuable asset off the bench more often than not.
After officially signing with the Timberwolves on Monday, it wasn't certain if Casspi would dress right away in games after having limited time to get settled in with his new team, but it appears that's not much of a concern for coach Tom Thibodeau. Casspi, who hasn't played in a game in nearly a month while recovering from a fractured thumb, is expected to occupy the role that had previously fallen to Nemanja Bjelica (foot), who has been ruled out for the season. Look for Casspi to serve as the top backup to power forward Gorgui Dieng and provide the second unit with some capable outside shooting.
The 28-year-old began the season with the Kings before being shipped to the Pelicans as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal. He fractured his right thumb in his Pelicans debut, prompting the team to waive him a few days later. With the thumb now fully healed, Casspi will provide valuable floor spacing for a Timberwolves team starved for depth up front. While Casspi may need a couple practices to get familiar with his new team, he should eventually step in as one of the top forwards off the bench after Nemanja Bjelica (foot) was ruled out for the season. Until the team confirms his availability, consider Casspi questionable to play Tuesday against the Spurs.
Casspi (thumb) is expected to sign a contract with the Timberwolves in the near future, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.
Casspi was waived by the Pelicans in February after fracturing his right thumb in his team debut, but he's progressed quicker than anticipated and looks like he'll be healthy enough to play in the final three weeks of the season. Though several teams were reportedly interested in bringing Casspi aboard, it appears the depth-starved Timberwolves provided the most appealing opportunity for the 28-year-old. It's expected that he'll officially sign with the team in the coming days, but he may need to get in a practice or two with the Timberwolves before coach Tom Thibodeau would feel comfortable including him in the rotation. Once he gets acclimated, Casspi could settle in as the top backup to power forward Gorgui Dieng, effectively filling the role that had belonged to Nemanja Bjelica (foot), who was recently ruled out for the season.
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