Israeli Omri Casspi Signs With NBA Champion Golden State Warriors

Casspi, 29, will make only a modest $2.1 million in his sixth NBA team

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Minnesota Timberwolves' Omri Casspi, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017
Minnesota Timberwolves' Omri Casspi, left, drives past Los Angeles Lakers' Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017Credit: Jim Mone/AP

Israeli basketball star Omri Casspi has signed with the Golden State Warriors, the title holders of the NBA.

For the 29-year-old player, Golden State is his sixth NBA team, and he will earn a relatively modest $2.1 million a year, the minimum for a player of his seniority.

Casspi's last season was less than mediocre of his eight seasons in the NBA. It started in Sacramento where tensions with coach Dave Joerger saw Casspi quickly transferred to New Orleans, where he suffered an injury on his first game. By the end of the season he signed with Minnesota but didn't leave a mark, finishing the season with an average of 5.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in 36 games.

The Warriors, which signed Stephen Curry this summer on a new contract and got a significant discount from Kevin Durant, are building their bench rotation with frugality as a guiding principle.

It appears Casspi is meant as an upgrade over Matt Barnes, and will give coach Steve Kerr some leeway from the bench on positions 3 and 4.

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