According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs and the New York Knicks are both interested in the services of new Cavalier Omri Casspi.
But Cavs told ’em they traded for Casspi with intent to keep him. GM Chris Grant says Cavs have liked Casspi since Kings drafted him in 2009.
Casspi was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the 23rd pick of the 2009 draft.
In addition to being known for being the first Israeli to play in the NBA, Casspi has given the Kings solid minutes in his first two seasons, averaging 9.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and shooting 37.1 percent from behind the arc in just 24.5 minutes per ball game.
He was traded by the Kings to the Cavaliers in exchange for J.J. Hickson along with a conditional first-round pick.
Back in 2009, Casspi was also in the Spurs’ radar, if they are really serious in acquiring the Israeli wing man, who can they offer?
Prior to the 2011 NBA draft, there were speculations about a Tony Parker trade.
However, the Spurs have since traded George Hill for Kawhi Leonard and the draft rights to Davis Bertans and Erazem Lorbek.
For the Spurs, moving Parker now wouldn’t be such a good idea.
Besides, the Cavaliers have chosen Kyrie Irving as the number pick in 2011 NBA draft and will probably be the team’s starting point guard.
Also, Richard Jefferson has not generated any interest from other teams.
So what gives?
How about trading James Anderson and a future draft pick for Casspi?
Anderson has shown promise in his rookie year in San Antonio. Had he stayed healthy all season he could have been a vital part of the Spurs regular rotation.
Prior to his injury, Anderson has played six games averaging 7.0 points and 1.o rebound while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor, including 50 percent from the 3-point line in just 17.6 per game.
What do you think? Is Anderson enough to lure Casspi? Do you have any other trade ideas in mind? Or would you rather keep Anderson in San Antonio.