Casspi tallied eight points (3-4 FG, 2-3 FT), six rebounds, and one assist in eight minutes during Friday's 120-110 preseason victory over Atlanta.
After moving to Memphis in the off-season, Casspi is going to be fighting for minutes on the wing as he looks to resurrect his career. Injuries have plagued Casspi more recently and he is simply going to be attempting to stay healthy long enough to find some consistency in his game. His exact role remains to be seen and at this point, his value is limited to deeper formats.
Casspi (calf) is available Tuesday against the Rockets.
Casspi was originally deemed probable due to a sore calf. So, it's not too surprising that he'll take the floor Tuesday.
Casspi is dealing with a sore left calf, but is listed as probable for Tuesday's preseason opener against the Rockets.
Casspi's injury isn't serious, so barring a surprise uptick in discomfort, look for him to take the court as usual in Tuesday's contest. Casspi should serve as depth at both forward spots when healthy, but his quickest path to playing time will likely be at small forward where he'll battle for minutes with the likes Kyle Anderson, Chandler Parsons and Garrett Temple.
Casspi has appeared in just 89 total games over the last two seasons, and his role with Golden State in 2017-18 was ultimately less significant than most anticipated. Casspi averaged only 14.0 minutes per game, which he translated to averages of 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds. However, he hit 58 percent of his field goal attempts and converted 10-of-22 of his three-point looks. The veteran should be in line for increased minutes on a Grizzlies team that locks depth and high-end talent on the wing.
Casspi was waived by the Warriors on Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Casspi struggled with his health for much of the season, most recently being sidelined the last 11 games with a bone bruise in his ankle. That limited him to just 53 games, where he averaged 5.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 14.0 minutes. With the Warriors upgrading Quinn Cook from a two-way contract to a full one, they needed to release a player, which will now be Casspi. Look for Casspi to continue to go through the rehabilitation process as a free agent and he should field plenty of interest heading into next season once back at full strength.
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