Casspi fractured his right thumb during his Pelicans debut, and with a timetable for return set at late March or early April, the team has opted to waive him and sign Reggie Williams with the open roster spot. It's possible that another team claims him hoping he could make a difference in a playoff run, but Casspi's fantasy season seems all but over with this move.
Casspi (thumb) is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.
After missing more than a month with a strained right foot before getting traded to the Pelicans over the All-Star break, Casspi was cleared to play and debut with his new team Thursday against the Rockets. He was on his way to a strong start with 12 points in 24 minutes off the bench, but caught a bad break when he fractured his right thumb while attempting to steal the ball from the Rockets' Eric Gordon in the second half. With Casspi now sidelined until late March or early April, it looks like he'll only be in line for a handful of appearances before the regular season draws to a close, making him an unappealing stash candidate even in most deeper leagues. Dante Cunningham and Donatas Motiejunas could be asked to take on a few extra minutes over the next several weeks while Casspi is sidelined.
Casspi broke his right thumb during Thursday's loss to the Rockets, Justin Verrier of ESPN.com reports.
The injury overshadows an otherwise decent debut for the sharp shooter, as he scored 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt) to go along with two rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. It's a tough break for Casspi and the Pelicans, as he was finally able to put his foot injury behind him, which sidelined him for over a month. Look for more information to come out in the next couple of days, but as of now it seems likely he'll miss around 4-6 weeks.
Casspi has been sidelined for more than a month with the right foot strain, but he was said to be closing in on a return to action shortly before the All-Star break, though the Kings ultimately kept him out. The Kings dealt Casspi to the Pelicans earlier this week as a throw-in with headliner DeMarcus Cousins, and it looks like both players will be available to make their team debuts Thursday. It's unclear if Casspi will actually see the floor, however, as he was routinely excluded from Kings coach Dave Joerger's rotation and has averaged 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.0 minutes per game over 22 appearances on the season. Casspi is capable of manning both forward spots, but if he's to crack Alvin Gentry's rotation, he'll likely see most of his time at small forward, where neither Solomon Hill nor Dante Cunningham have offered much in the way of exciting production this season.
Casspi is averaging 5.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game over 22 games (two starts). It's uncertain if he'll actually play in New Orleans or have his contract bought out, as DeMarcus Cousins is clearly the trophy in this huge deal. If Casspi ends up in New Orleans he might fill the role of Langston Galloway, who was the backup shooting guard. He could also see some time at small forward, where New Orleans isn't quite as deep with only Solomon Hill in the way.
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