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July 7, 2013 9:24 pm

Omri Casspi Signs with Houston Rockets

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Omri Casspi playing for Israel against Finland at Barona Arena in Espoo, Finland. Photo: Jaripk.

JNS.org – Omri Casspi, the first Israeli-born player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history, has agreed to terms on a two-year, $2 million contract with the Houston Rockets, who will be his third NBA team, the Houston Chronicle reported.

A 6-foot-9 forward whose four NBA seasons have been split between the Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers, Casspi averaged career-lows of 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game last season for the Cavaliers. His best season came as a rookie in 2009-10, when he averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Kings.

Casspi will be joined in the state of Texas next season by the second Israel-born player in NBA history, 6-foot-3 Israeli point guard Gal Mekel, who reportedly agreed to a three-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks last week.

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