Feb 1, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi (36) after the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Detroit won 117-99. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Cleveland Cavaliers Off-Season Player Reviews – Omri Casspi


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2012 – 2013 Season Statistics

GP: 43 MPG: 11 FG%: 39% PPG: 4.0 

A Narrative 2012 – 2013 Season in Review

It was a very long and difficult season for Omri Casspi. The former first-round pick by the Sacramento Kings spent most of his season at the end of the bench, and by the trade-deadline, was demanding a move out of Cleveland. Casspi could not break the sometimes questionable rotation of Byron Scott, leading some to wonder whether Casspi is worthy of playing in this league. Casspi is an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Off-Season Adjustments the Player Needs to Make

Where to begin… To start, Casspi needs to find a place in the league. After he finds a new team, it will be his third in his first five years. Before he worries too much about his game, a home would be a great place to start for Casspi.

Cavalier’s Off-Season Options with the Player

Being an unrestricted free agent, the Cleveland Cavaliers can let him walk, or give him an offer to return. Any team can go for him, and with the very low game play Casspi received here, it is hard to imagine him considering a return to the Cavaliers, if they were to even consider bringing him back, which is very unlikely.

How the Draft Could Effect the Player’s Standing on the Team

Even with small forward being the Cavaliers’ weakest position, Casspi was still stuck behind Alonzo Gee, CJ Miles and Wayne Ellington. Because of that, even if the Cavs were to go with a small forward this June, it would only put another nail in the coffin that contains Casspi’s chances at making an impact on this roster.

How New Coach Mike Brown Changes Things for the Player

This is what is giving Casspi that small 5% chance of obtaining playing time next season. Mike Brown is a wizard at team defense, and Casspi’s size could be something Brown would like. At the same time, a different free agent or someone in the second round of the draft could bring what Casspi would, if not more.

What the Cavaliers Should Do with the Player (Including Options, Trade, Release or Keep)

Given the situation of the Cavs bringing in a new coach, the four draft picks and the huge cap space in free agency, it is all but confirmed that the Cavaliers will not bring back Omri Casspi. He is a free agent who will find a spot in the league, especially with Casspi being the first Israeli-born player to be drafted. That spot will not be in Cleveland when the season tips off next October.

What the Cavaliers Will Do with the Player

Omri Casspi has suited up for the last time in a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform. The trade that landed us Casspi for JJ Hickson turned out to be a huge bust. Casspi just couldn’t fit into Byron Scott’s system, and he demanded to be traded out of Cleveland. Because of the many other options that have a higher ceiling than bringing back Casspi, Cleveland is going to let him walk.

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