After taking some time off to recover from an injury, Omri Casspi has signed a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the rest of the 2016-17 season.
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) March 19, 2017
Casspi was originally a part of the deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. Casspi suffered from a broken thumb and it was expected that he’d be out from anywhere between four to six weeks.
It was seen that perhaps Casspi would sign with a playoff team. While the Timberwolves are still technically playoff-eligible, it will be hard to catch the Denver Nuggets, who currently own the eighth seed.
— RealGM (@RealGM) March 10, 2017
Casspi will add depth at the wing position as well as be a ‘stretch four’ option for the team. With Nemanja Bjelica going down with an injury, the Timberwolves don’t have any bigs that can stretch the floor besides Karl-Anthony Towns.
The Timberwolves are currently five games behind the Nuggets. For all intents and purposes, they’re out of the race. Considering he had looks and maybe offers from playoff-probable teams, it’s a little confusing as to why he signed with Minnesota.
Casspi is in his eighth season in the NBA. He holds career averages of 21.6 minutes, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.4 points per game, respectively. He also shoots 36.9 percent from three.
It makes sense that Casspi signed with this club to perhaps stay with them past this season, despite the deal only being for the rest of this season. The Timberwolves have a nice young core led by Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine. They also possess a proven defensive-minded coach in Tom Thibodeau.
Regardless of why he chose to sign, he’s a good fit for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will add versatility, skill, and veteran presence. It appears they still have their eyes on the playoffs. If that’s the case, they’ll have to start winning and hope some other teams can fall off a bit. Time is running out.