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Tuesday, April 5th, 2011 at 10:00 am  |  28 responses

Omri Casspi Doesn’t Want to Be in Sacramento Anymore

Casspi basically asked for a trade from the Kings by publishing a column on an Israeli website. Interesting tactic. From the Jerusalem Post: “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 in a column published on Israeli sports website ONE … ‘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 … 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. Sacramento is the team that gave me the chance to play in the NBA so it would be egotistical of me to say I want to leave, but I’m certain that I’m good enough to play, whether it is for the Kings or another team. Clearly the current situation is not ideal for the team and for me. There are other teams which suit me better and since I have an excellent relationship with the players and the staff, I hope that they appreciate me enough to let me leave for a place where I can play basketball.’”

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  • RunNGun

    To the Knicks, Casspi… to the Knicks!

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @RunNGun: You forgot to say, “make it happen Walsh!” Just helping out. smh

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    He will be an Anaheim Royal for 2011-2012. Book it.

  • MUBWAR

    to the raptors for Weems and Kleiza.

  • http://www.anaheimroyalty.com Anaheim Royals

    He’ll change his mind once he comes to Anaheim

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    to the bulls i hope

  • HAMMER

    To the Knicks for the contract rights of Allan Houston and Chris Dudley. Haha!

  • Fat Lever

    Wow, the DMC effect has started infiltrating that locker room already.

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    wonder why Joe and Gavin don’t have Wikipedia entries.

  • Yesse

    Who does?

  • Bar from israel

    go to the nets everyone in israel hate Sacramento

  • Will Lee

    i think Casspi is the type of Rudy Fernandez. He needs to be on a fundamental team like Utah.

  • http://pickandroll.tumblr.com/ airs

    neither do the maloofs

  • Anthony

    make it happen mihkal…….. along with dwight and danny granger…. I HATE THE KNICKS

  • robb

    How about Anaheim?

  • monkeyball

    Is nobody a little concerned that now role players think they matter enough that they can publicly demand a trade?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Trade him for Shaq!
    Wait, what…..?

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    ^Shaq suiting up for the “Sacramento Queens”…err um, Anahiem Royals would be classic.

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    ^instant classic

  • add

    who wants to be in sacramento??

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nothing about Rudy Fernandez’s game says “fundamentals” except for his skin color. Nothing at all.

  • derby

    the last time i heard of him,he seemed very happy to play for sacramento …it was like 2/3 weeks ago when the fans decided to show up in ARCO…but i guess it’s all bussines ,isn’t Omir??

  • http://www.slamonline.com c_cantrell

    ^Will Lee..
    fail

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    Come on Casspi everyone rides the bench for a little while,suck it up. The team is winning some games thats what its about.SACRAMENTO is a great place to live those that say otherwise have never been!!

  • MikeC.

    @STEVIE GEE – according to Chris Webber, there’s nowhere to get soul food after 8:00 and he’s considering not reporting to the Kings in 1998.

  • Eric Ruggles

    Casspi needs to realize he’s a 23rd pick Sophomore on a SF stacked team.
    Wesphal (or Kings front office) needs to realize he’s a horrible coach, fire him, and somehow grab Bill Walton as a coach, or even try to grab Jerry Sloan if he’s willing to give us a try.

    Hopefully this offseason the Kings will make some solid moves. They’ve got raw pieces, but they need an experienced veteran (other than Dalembert) to steer them in the right direction.
    It’d suck to see Casspi go, but it’d be wonderful to see him play on a contender. Then again, he’d have to go through another process to prove himself.
    Stop being egotistical, and just play intense defense the last few games.

  • http://HOTMAIL.COM STEVIE GEE

    SAC has changed a lot since then, city is alive and vibrant. Lots of ish to do. But once C-webb came he fell in love with the city, so do all the players that come here!

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Cavs.

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