Jan 22, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward Derrick Williams (13) shoots during the third quarter as Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings will attempt to claim Omri Casspi off waivers?

After being selected with the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft, Omri Casspi emerged on the scene as one of the best rookies of his class. Teamed up with Tyreke Evans in their freshman NBA season, Casspi looked to be the Sacramento Kings small forward of the future.

However, struggles in his second season knocked Casspi out of the rotation and he was eventually traded by Geoff Petrie to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for J.J. Hickson (shudders).

Casspi’s struggles worsened with the Cavaliers though the Israeli-born talent seemed to have a revival as a member of the Houston Rockets last season where he averaged nearly seven points and almost four rebounds in just 18 minutes per game.

Omri Casspi’s stay in Space City didn’t last long however as his salary was needed to complete the trade that sent Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans earlier this offseason.

Preferring to keep open a roster spot and save money, the Pelicans have decided to waive Casspi and his non-guaranteed contract and Marc Stein of ESPN reports the Sacramento Kings are likely to execute a waiver claim on the 26-year-old.

Assuming Omri Casspi is picked up by the Kings, it may spell the end of Quincy Acy‘s time in the California capital as Sacramento will need to make a decision on his non-guaranteed contract by Saturday.

The New York Knicks have been linked to Casspi, though Omri has previously stated his desire to return to the Kings franchise as told by Sam Amick.

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