Wolves reportedly close to signing a new shooter: Omri Casspi

The Wolves' bench could get a boost with Omri Casspi, who has been out with a broken thumb.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Timberwolves fans, how does this sound? A 28-year-old, 6-foot-9 forward that's shot 37 percent from 3 throughout his career?

Minnesota is reportedly closing in on a deal for Omri Casspi, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Casspi started the year with the Sacramento Kings, but was traded to New Orleans as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal – only to be waived after breaking his thumb in his Pelicans debut.

Casspi has been a free agent since, and was expected to miss about four weeks, the AP reported at the time.

Twenty-two days later, he appears on the verge of an NBA roster comeback with the Wolves. Stein said head coach Tom Thibodeau "made a personal recruiting pitch" to Casspi before Minnesota's game in New Orleans Sunday.

Boston was also in the running for Casspi, but the Wolves appear to have jumped ahead because of injuries, Stein added – specifically the recent loss of backup forward Nemanja Bjelica for the season, plus Zach LaVine's absence.

The deal could be finalized Monday, Stein said.

Casspi holds a reputation as a good shooter throughout his career, which has included two stops in Sacramento, plus stints in Cleveland and Houston. He's settled into a solid bench role, averaging about 21 minutes and 8.4 points per game for his career on 44 percent shooting. He's also good for about 4 rebounds per game.

Writer Danny Leroux wrote a piece a last week saying the Warriors should sign him – and used this shot chart as the main evidence.

His presence could be a boost for Minnesota's bench, which is fairly depleted after LaVine's injury pushed Brandon Rush into the starting lineup and Bjelica went down.

The team is also losing Lance Stephenson soon, ESPN reports – his second 10-day contract is up and, after struggling with an ankle injury, the Wolves have opted to move on instead of signing him for the rest of the season.

Next Up

vote, vote now

MN Supreme Court dismisses attempt to block election certification

Another legal defeat for Republicans challenging the election.

prison, Rush City cell block

Another Minnesota prison inmate dies after COVID-19 diagnosis

The virus has killed at least six Minnesota inmates.

leech lake band of ojibwe sign

11,760 acres of land wrongly taken from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will be returned

The Senate and now the House have passed a bill that effectively returns the land. It's now headed for the president's signature.

Karl-Anthony Towns

Timberwolves release first half of 2020-21 regular season schedule

The second half of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

reindeer como zoo

Watch live: Como Zoo's live reindeer cam is back for December

The live feed will run 24/7 allowing you to keep an eye on Santa's antlered helpers.

sleeping

Three simple ways to boost your immune health heading into winter

Eating right is one thing, but there are other ways to stay healthy as the days shorten.

Taylor Rogers

Why Twins fans shouldn't give up on Taylor Rogers

The Twins closer struggled in 2020 but could rebound next season.

Co. Rd. 2 crash, Wakefield Twp.

Teen driver leaves road, crashes into three trees

Fortunately, the 16-year-old was not injured.

mndot deer  tunnel 1

Minnesota is getting its first highway crossing for animals

This will provide a safe way for animals to cross the street, and hopefully limit deer-vehicle collisions.

Related

Wolves reportedly close to signing a new shooter: Omri Casspi

The Wolves' bench could get a boost with Omri Casspi, who has been out with a broken thumb.

Report: Wolves showing interest in Jamal Crawford

Crawford is exactly what the Wolves need coming off the bench.

Report: Wolves showing interest in Jamal Crawford

Crawford is exactly what the Wolves need coming off the bench.

Reports: Nick Young and Gerald Green are on the Wolves' radar

The Wolves don't have a ton of cap space right now.

Reports: Nick Young and Gerald Green are on the Wolves' radar

The Wolves don't have a ton of cap space right now.

Report: Towns' dad might sue the Wolves over mascot incident

A report says the Timberwolves could get sued by the father of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Report: Towns' dad might sue the Wolves over mascot incident

A report says the Timberwolves could get sued by the father of Karl-Anthony Towns.

Wishful thinking about the Wolves' playoff hopes

Reality says the Wolves have little chance at the playoffs, but a more hopeful scenario could play out.