Omri Casspi Close To Deal With Timberwolves; Celtics Interested

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed free agent Omri Casspi on Monday, adding the versatile swingman for the rest of the season after forward Nemanja Bjelica to a season-ending foot injury last week. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not released. He was shipped to New Orleans in the Boogie trade and appeared in just one game before breaking his thumb.

The 6-foot-9 Casspi can play small forward and power forward and is a career 37-percent shooter from 3-point range, which should help them atone for Bjelica's absence. That mark includes 39.4 percent from the perimeter.

But Casspi's injury started to heal more quickly than initially anticipated, and the veteran forward met with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau in New Orleans as several other teams also inquired. He spent a year with the Houston Rockets and then was traded to the Pelicans, who put him on waivers, where he was again picked up by the Kings.

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Casspi is the first Israeli-born National Basketball Association player and could be a big help to a Minnesota team in need of shooters. His best season came in 2015-16 with Sacramento when he averaged 11.8 points, on 48.1 percent shooting and 40.9 percent shooting from the three-point line, and 5.9 rebounds while making 69 appearances, 21 starts.

ESPN's Marc Stein first reported discussions between the Wolves and Casspi.

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