Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi has requested a trade, according to a league source telling Yahoo! Sports. Casspi has appeared in 19 of the Cavaliers’ 35 games this season.
The Cavs acquired Casspi back in 2011 along with a protected first-round pick in exchange for J.J.Hickson. Hickson was placed on waivers last year and was claimed by the Portland Trailblazers. Casspiwas the starting small forward in his first year with the Cavs, but eventually lost his starting position to Alonzo Gee. Since then, Casspi has been stuck on the bench.
This report of Casspi asking for a trade is still early, so possible places where he can land are still unknown. In the small amount of minutes he has played this year, he shot 45 percent from beyond the arc. Casspi was a first-round pick in 2009, but doesn’t carry first-round value anymore. If the Cavaliers do indeed move him, they will either receive a second-round pick, or a player they may designate for assignment in the NBA’s Developmental League.
This trade request is coming at the same time the Indiana Pacers released small forward Sam Young.He was a second-round pick in the same draft asCasspi and the two are facing similar situations being stuck on the bench. Young is a 6-6 athletic small forward who hasn’t been able to improve upon the impressive rookie season he had. His points per game have declined in each of his five seasons.
The Cavs are in need of a small forward and will have some roster flexibility after parting ways with SamardoSamuels. Young will be there for the taking if the Cavs are interested.
In the meantime…
Jon Leuer been recalled from the Canton Charge and will take the roster spot for Luke Walton, who is addressing a “personal matter.”
With Samuels gone and Anderson Varejao still out with a right knee injury, Leuer may be called upon tosee some significant minutes. Starting power forward Tristan Thompson and center Tyler Zeller will have their hands full tonight dealing with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.
In five games with the Charge, Leuer has averaged19.5 points and 12.4 rebounds. Leuer started the year on the Cavaliers’ roster, but was assigned to the D-League to make room for rookie Kevin Jones.
Jones will most likely see the bulk of the minutes that Walton has been seeing this season. In 12 minutes against the Houston Rockets, Jones tallied six points and three rebounds.