Omri Casspi Asks to be Traded

Kings forward unhappy with lack of playing time.

Published: April 5th 2011
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Omri Casspi

Omri Casspi, the 22-year-old Israeli born Sacramento Kings forward, has requested a trade from his NBA team.  


Over the last seven games, Casspi has registered a total of only 27 minutes, and hasn't left the bench in four of those games.  


Following a very successful rookie campagin, one which had him ranked in the top 10 rookies charts by most sporting publications, the second year player has experienced a very inconsistant year under coach Paul Westphal.  Following Sunday night's game, Casspi vented in his column published on Israeli sports website ONE.


“It’s not easy for me to sit on the bench, which has happened to me quite a bit in Sacramento’s last few games,” Casspi wrote. 


“I’m a player who lives the game and as soon as you take away the thing I love the most in the world – playing basketball, it is hard for me.


“The situation in Sacramento is not like it used to be in the past. Coach Paul Westphal is experimenting and trying different things and I’m certainly not in his plans. We have six more games until the end of the season, and although I won’t say that I’m counting the seconds, it is clear to me that I will have to make some decisions at the end of the year.”


Casspi, whose season average is down from 10.3 points per game in his rookie season to 8.8 points this season, is still a hot commodity around the league.  Teams with large Jewish fan bases such as Toronto, New York and Chicago showed interest during the trade deadline and would likely still be very interested in the talented forward.


“I know that there are many teams, including some playoff teams, that want me ahead of next season,” he wrote. “I hope to find myself in a team that appreciates me as a player and a person, a team that plays like a team.


“I still don’t know if I will definitely not be continuing with the Kings. I’ve got a contract and love the fans, the city, the owner and the general manager.


"But things haven’t worked out and that is legitimate."

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