The first Israeli basketball player to make it to the NBA was dropped by the Golden State Warriors on Saturday. The 29-year-old forward averaged 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in the 53 games he played with the team.
Omri Casspi Photo Credit: Flash90
After losing to New Orleans, the Golden State Warriors waived Saturday Israeli player Omri Casspi, who sustained an injury in his ankle last month.
Casspi, Israel’s first basketball player to make it to the NBA, appeared in 53 games, starting in seven of them, during his time with the Warriors. The 29-year-old forward averaged 5.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr complimented Casspi several times at the beginning of the season. However, his performance, especially in three-point shots, suffered due to several injuries as the season progressed. The final straw was the March 16 ankle injury he suffered during a game against the Sacramento Kings, his former team.
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According to reports, Casspi was dropped so that the team could make room on its roster for Quinn Cook ahead of the playoffs. ESPN reported that Cook’s deal with Golden State is close to being finalized.