There's still time for NBA teams to make final adjustments heading into the playoffs, and there's at least one free agent that can make an impact for title contenders.
The majority of waiver wire movement was concluded within a week of the NBA trade deadline passing, but teams still tend to tweak their roster until the last minute. Enter Omri Casspi, who's had a strange journey into being team-less.
Casspi was traded as part of the DeMarcus Cousins package that was shipped to the New Orleans Pelicans, but suffered a broken thumb in his first game with the team. He was immediately waived, but he's ready to return and is drawing interest from playoff teams.
The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the teams that has its eye on Casspi, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Clippers could use some help on the perimeter, and Casspi could be an immediate depth upgrade over someone like Wesley Johnson.
Casspi, a seven-year veteran, is a low-profile role player at this point in his career. He's 28, has limited mileage due to his career as a bench player, and can provide some serious floor-spacing for the lucky team that lands him for cheap.
He's a career 37 percent three-point shooter, but has two seasons of shooting over 40 percent to his name.
That kind of utility is exactly what the Clippers could use, and why he'd be an interesting piece for Doc Rivers to use considering Johnson is shooting just 26 percent from downtown this season.
Another playoff team that's been linked to Casspi is the Memphis Grizzlies, who are in dire need of help at small forward after Chandler Parsons had his season cut short due to a meniscus tear in his left knee.
Any playoff team that could use some additional depth on the wings should be looking at Casspi, who is a proven commodity that found himself without a team due to extraneous circumstances.
The Pelicans felt they had no reason to hold a roster spot for a player that doesn't fit their current rebuild, with the thumb injury sealing his fate. That might be best for both sides, especially if Casspi finds a new home on a playoff team.
He's never played in the postseason, but now has the interest of several teams looking for that final piece to bring them closer to the Larry O'Brien trophy. Even a team like the Golden State Warriors, who picked up Matt Barnes for similar reasons, should weigh this option.
More likely than not, Casspi will have a new home and his first playoff run to look forward to sooner rather than later.News Now - Sport News