The Miami Heat are looking to shore up their bench depth and looking at Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi in a probable trade before the deadline on Feb. 18.
ESPN and the Miami Herald reported the trade possibility of Casspi to Heat with initial reports that the Florida squad was interested in Rudy Gay but instead the actual target is the Israeli forward.
Casspi, a seven-year NBA veteran, has played for multiple NBA teams in his career suiting up for the Kings from 2009 to 2010 and 2014 to 2016, Cleveland Cavaliers from 2011 to 2013 and the Houston Rockets in 2013-2014.
For this season, Casspi is enjoying career-high numbers in scoring (12.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.3 rebounds per game) as well as field goal shooting percentage (42.2% field goals).
The Heat acquiring Casspi will help the team’s campaign in the regular season as they try to maintain their spot, or even improve, in the Eastern Conference standings.
Entering the NBA All-Star break, the Heat are in fifth place in the East with a win-loss card of 29-24.
Why would the Kings deal Casspi, who is enjoying a career year? Sacramento (22-31) is also chasing a playoff spot this year being just four and a half games behind eighth place team, Utah Jazz (26-26) in the West.
However, getting young prospects and/or future picks are a priority for the squad as they are still in the middle of their rebuilding mode. Current core includes veterans DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and rookie Willie Cauley-Stein but all other players could be in the trading block as the Kings want to think about the long-term as well.
How is a Kings-Heat trade possible involving Casspi? Via ESPN’s Trade Machine, here is one trade scenario where Casspi could land in Miami:
Sacramento Kings – Miami Heat Trade:
Omri Casspi ($2.84M) for Beno Udrih ($2.17M) and Tyler Johnson ($845K) plus Miami’s future second round pick (2016)
Johnson, who is currently injured, will be a good prospect for the Kings, who will also receive the expiring contract of trade filler Udrih. The Kings save some money and the Heat add some depth in their forward position.
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