The Sacramento Kings could be bringing back a familiar face in the near future. Sources have told Sactown Royalty that the Kings are considering bringing back Omri Casspi, who the Kings drafted back in 2009 and then subsequently traded to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson.
Ailene Voisin had a column interviewing the former King today, in which he confirmed that the Kings have had interest:
"My agent (Dan Fegan) is talking with a number of teams," he said, "and the Kings are one of them. Couldn't they use a stretch forward who can hit a three and loves to run? I think I could help, and it would be fun to play with Rudy (Gay), DeMarcus (Cousins), J.T. I still have a lot of friends there. I would love to come back and fulfill my path.
Casspi was recently traded to New Orleans as part of the Omer Asik trade, but it is expected that he will be waived soon as his contract for next season only becomes guaranteed if he's not waived by August (Ailene says August 1st, ShamSports has it at August 5th).
To expand on that report by Voisin though, Sactown Royalty has learned that bringing back Casspi would probably mean the Kings waiving big man Quincy Acy, coming off a strong summer league. Acy came to the Kings last year as part of the Rudy Gay trade, and his salary becomes guaranteed if he isn't waived by this Saturday, July 25th. The Kings are dangerously close to the luxury tax already and currently have 13 players under contract (if you include Acy). Sacramento also has a bunch of existing Power Forwards ahead of Acy in the rotation, especially if Carl Landry comes back healthy.
Casspi would potentially be able to play either the 4 or the 3, but as we learned last time and have seen since he left, he's not a great defender of either position. He does fit in with a team that potentially likes to run and space the floor, a theme that the Kings front office has seemed to embrace this summer.
It should be said that nothing is imminent with either Casspi or Acy, especially as Casspi likely will have multiple choices on destinations, but we will find out in the next couple of days whether Acy will stay with the team or not.
UPDATE 9:00 AM:
Sam Amick is confirming Casspi interest in Sacramento
Omri Casspi is hopeful that (once waived by NO) he can re-sign w/ Kings. He could make a lot more overseas but won't give up his NBA dream.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 23, 2014
UPDATE 2:15 PM:
Casspi has been released by New Orleans
New Orleans, as expected, has released newly acquired forward Omri Casspi, who will find new team in free agency if he clears waivers— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014
The Kings can either claim him off the waiver wire or wait to sign him to a new deal should he clear waivers. Because Casspi is on a minimum contract, any team can potentially claim him off the waiver wire. The team that claims him would assume his contract for this season, which is a 1 year deal at the veteran minimum.
UPDATE 2:35 PM:
Omri Casspi has already publicly expressed interest in returning to Kings and word is Sacramento is planning to put in a waiver claim on him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014
Claiming Casspi off waivers would enable Kings to secure his rights without messing with free agency ... IF they are only team to claim him— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2014