Mar 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Omri Casspi (18) reacts after making a basket during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Omri Casspi eyeing New York Knicks

The New York Knicks are likely done adding pieces to their 2014-14 team, unless they come across a cheap big man or two along the way.

That won’t stop guys from wanting to come to the Big Apple though.

The New Orleans Pelicans will likely waive Omri Casspi once their trade agreement to acquire the forward from the Houston Rockets is complete, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.com. And once they do, Casspi would like to end up wearing blue and orange, according to David Pick of Eurobasket.com.

He will likely draw some interest on the open market once he is released, considering the fact that Casspi revived his career last year in Houston, averaging 6.9 points in 18.1 minutes per game. He had a PER of just 12.9, but he was a part of the rotation for a Houston team that won 54 games.

Casspi likely will merit consideration for at least a fully guaranteed minimum-salary deal, something the Knicks aren’t likely to do unless they clear salary cap space.

While a minimum deal is doable by the Knicks, team president Phil Jackson has indicated he would like to get below the tax line this season, which is going to be a tough task. He can still use the teams $3.2 million tax payers MLE, along with a $3.6 million trade exception acquired in the Tyson Chandler trade, to go along with minimum contracts.

Casspi has knocked down 35 percent of his three-point attempts in his career and the Knicks could always use guys to knock down perimeter shots in the triangle, but I can’t imagine there being much interest here.

The Knicks already have too many players who can live on the perimeter and it makes a little more sense to shed some of them before bringing more in.

 

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