Small Forwards That I Want Pt. 2 - Omri Casspi

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After reading this article yesterday, I wanted to do another edition of small forwards that I want for the Los Angeles Clippers.  Omri Casspi of the Sacramento Kings and also the first Israeli born player has been inquired by the team and reports says that Kings are willing to part ways with Casspi if another team is willing to take on one of their big contracts.  These other contracts most likely being Beno Udrih or Francisco Garcia.

I would love to have Omri Casspi on the Los Angeles Clippers.  He represents the kind of small forward that the team wants.  He’s a scorer who can shoot the three (40% 3 point shooter) and has enough length (6’9) to give opposing small forwards trouble.  Casspi doesn’t get much rebounds only averaging 4 a game but with Blake Griffin and DJ grabbing most of the boards, 5 rebounds a game looks decent.  Casspi is also young at 22 years old and will fit right in with the youth movement the Clippers have going on.

I wouldn’t mind taking Francisco Garcia for Omri Casspi too.  Garcia is a shooting guard who would be a more competent backup to Eric Gordon than Randy Foye and Rasual Butler.  He has also been in the league for a good while and can help out as a steady veteran for the young team.  The only negative I can see is that the contract is pretty bloated and really not worth a backup shooting guard.  But getting Casspi to be part of the young core would be worth it in my eyes.

I don’t really know what the Clippers would have to give up for Casspi.  The only players I want to part with is Gomes, Foye, and Butler.  But because all those players don’t have much value, the trade would be really lopsided.  I would part away with a first round pick though.  That Minnesota pick keeps looking less attractive as Kevin Love and Michael Beasley keeps playing well.  If the GM can get Omri Casspi without giving up important assets than Neil Olshey would be considered the best GM in Clippers history.

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