Omri Casspi, Lone Israeli in NBA, Signs With Minnesota Timberwolves

The eight-year journeyman had his best season last year with Sacramento, but a thumb injury stymied him at his most recent stop, New Orleans.

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Omri Casspi after scoring for the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-17 season.
Omri Casspi after scoring for the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016-17 season.Credit: AP / Gerald Herbert

Omri Casspi, Israel’s only player in the National Basketball Association, has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team said on its website Monday.

The T-Wolves, currently at the bottom of the Western Conference's Northwest Division, did not release terms of the contact, citing team policy.

Casspi, a 28-year-old forward, has played in 23 games with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans this season, averaging 6.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. He has shot 46 percent from the field, including 39.4 percent from the three-point line.

New Orleans acquired him on February 20, but he only played in one game before injuring his thumb and being waived by the Pelicans on February 25.

Casspi, an eight-year NBA veteran who grew up in Yavneh south of Tel Aviv, started with Sacramento and moved on to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets before his recent stints with the Kings and Pelicans.

Over his career he averages 8.4 points and 4.2 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. He has played in nearly 500 contests, starting 138 of them. He’s a career 44.2 percent shooter, including 36.9 percent from the three-point line.

Casspi’s best season came in 2015-16 with Sacramento, when he averaged 11.8 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 40.9 percent from the three-point line. He averaged 5.9 rebounds in 69 appearances, including 21 starts.