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Time For The Cleveland Cavaliers To Let Omri Casspi Go

David Richard – USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly considering buying out the remainder of Omri Casspi’s contract, and it would be the right move to make.

Buying out the contract would benefit the Cavaliers and Casspi, and would open up a roster spot to give another player, possibly someone from the NBA D-League, a shot to show the coaches what he can do.

Casspi came to the Cavaliers before the 2011-2012 season in a trade with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings received J.J. Hickson, whom they later released, and the Cavaliers picked up Casspi, whom they are apparently about to release.

Hickson, by the way, is now playing much better for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Casspi, meanwhile, really isn’t playing at all for the Cavaliers.

The 6-9 forward is very good shooter who has a lot of potential, but he just has not played well enough for the Cavaliers. He can have games where he pours in shots from the outside and helps out on defense with his length, but he also has games where he disrupts the offensive flow and then plays soft on defense.

He has fallen out of favor with Head Coach Byron Scott, and there really is no point in keeping him in Cleveland any longer if he is not going to get off of the bench. The Cavaliers are moving ahead with a group of young players, and it’s apparent that Casspi does not fit into the team’s long-term plans. Releasing him now just opens up a roster spot so the Cavaliers can bring in another young player or two before the end of the season.

Now is the perfect time for the Cavaliers to give some opportunities to some  young D-League players to see if they can contribute and maybe help the team in the next year. The Cavaliers have become a much deeper team over the last few months, and they just don’t need to have Casspi on the bench any longer.

For Casspi’s sake, releasing him would give him the opportunity to sign with a contender and try to contribute. He is a very good shooter and with his athleticism he could be a good bench player if he finds the right fit.

And while things have not worked out for Casspi in Sacramento and Cleveland, the fact that he is 6-9, moves well and is a career 42 percent shooter from behind the three-point line will be enough to entice a few NBA teams to look into adding him to their rosters.

The Houston Rockets are reportedly interested in signing Casspi, and I think most Cavaliers fans would wish him well in Houston.

The Cavaliers didn’t really lose anything by trading Hickson for Casspi. Casspi has helped the team at times over the last two seasons, but it’s time for him to go.