Omri Casspi to Play With Tony Parker in France During NBA Lockout?
According to ESPN‘s sources, Parker and Casspi could soon be teammates in France (though Russian and Spanish teams have also expressed interest in signing Omri.): “The San Antonio Spurs would undoubtedly prefer to see them playing together in South Texas, but the prospect of Tony Parker and longtime Spurs favorite Omri Casspi teaming up in France is very much alive. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Monday that Casspi is giving strong consideration to signing with ASVEL in France’s top division. That’s the same ASVEL club which claims Parker as a co-owner and as its vice president of basketball operations. It initially appeared that Casspi — after being dealt from Sacramento to Cleveland on June 30 in the final trade consummated in the NBA before the start of the July 1 lockout — was a lock to play for perennial Euroleague power Maccabi Tel-Aviv in his native Israel in the event of the lockout bleeding into November or December. But Dudi Pick of Eurobasket.com reported earlier Monday that Casspi and Maccabi officials, after a sitdown, have mutually agreed that they would not be able to reach contract terms that both sides can stomach.”