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Grizzlies waive former Warriors forward Omri Casspi

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On paper, Casspi would be a good fit for the Warriors, but that’s obviously not going to happen.

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With the NBA trade deadline in the rear view mirror, intriguing players are being waived left and right - and one of those players is former Golden State Warriors reserve Omri Casspi.

Casspi, a ten-year veteran, was cut by the Memphis Grizzlies as soon as the trade deadline passed.

The forward is averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc. But the Grizzlies season did not live up to expectations, as they’ve gone 22-34 and recently traded franchise star Marc Gasol. They’ve removed themselves from the playoff discussion, which means it’s time to start cutting players who don’t fit into long-term plans.

Casspi joins a crowded group of waived players who will be intriguing pickups for playoff teams. And the funny thing is, had he not had a disappointing stint with them a season ago, he’d probably be looked at as a great fit for the Warriors. He has length, versatility, veteran experience, and the ability to knock down shots from range. Those are very appealing traits to Golden State.

It’s why they signed him a season ago. But since that didn’t work so well, it’s why someone else will be signing him this time around.