Omri Casspi Reportedly Requests Trade from Cleveland Cavaliers

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Omri Casspi Reportedly Requests Trade from Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Omri Casspi has reportedly requested a trade after a severely diminished role in his second year with the struggling franchise.

Yahoo! NBA writer Adrian Wojanrowski broke the news on Monday:

Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has been making calls on possible deals for Casspi, but nothing has materialized. The request for a trade was made through Casspi's representatives with Creative Arts Agency (CAA), sources said.

GM Chris Grant made the move to acquire Casspi from the Sacramento Kings ahead of the 2011-12 season, trading athletic big man J.J. Hickson and a protected first-rounder to obtain his services.

Casspi was the first Israeli-born player to be chosen in the first round of the draft after being selected by Sacramento with the 23rd overall pick in 2009. After a promising start to his career, Casspi's production dipped significantly in Cleveland.

After starting 35 games and playing in 65 during last year's lockout-shortened season, the influx of first-round picks Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller along with free-agent acquisition C.J. Miles has shoved Casspi further down the bench.

Appearing in only 19 games this season with one start due partially to gastroenteritis, the fourth-year player is understandably frustrated with how his career with the Cavs has unfolded.

Cleveland currently sits at 8-27, and Casspi has only played one minute since a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 11, as noted by Wojnarowski.

As a versatile swingman with legitimate three-point range and the ability to slash to the hoop, there should be at least some interest for Casspi. Considering the market for him seems small right now, he is a low-risk, high-reward acquisition.

Casspi hasn't scored in double figures since his rookie season, when he put up a career-high 10.3 points per contest, but there is still enough upside for a team to take a flier on him.

Check back here for the latest on Casspi's trade situation as more information becomes available about potential suitors.

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