Casspi: I may sign with Mac. Tel Aviv if NBA strikes

The only Israeli in the NBA says that in the event of a work stoppage, he may return to his roots and play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 17, 2011 10:44
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Sacramento Kings and Israel National Basketball Team forward Omri Casspi may temporarily sign to play with Maccabi Tel Aviv in the event of an NBA work stoppage, he said in an interview with Army Radio on Thursday.

The second-year NBA player, who formerly played with Maccabi Tel Aviv, said that there had already been some discussions about him possibly rejoining the team in the event of a lockout.

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Casspi added that he is not happy with the way Coach Paul Westphal is using him, and that he is not able to play to his full potential.

Casspi is averaging 9.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game, through the Kings' first 66 games in the 2010-2011 NBA season.

The NBA's collective bargaining agreement is scheduled to expire on June 30. If the league and players' union don't come to terms on a new agreement by then, the league will impose a lockout, a work stoppage that could possibly lead to the cancellation of the entire 2011-12 season.

Although Casspi is under contract with the Kings, he would be allowed to play abroad in the event of a lockout.

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