The Kings and Omri Casspi share mutual interest in the forward returning to Sacramento next season, Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee relays (via Twitter). The Relativity Sports client desperately wants to play in new coach George Karl‘s system, Voisin adds. Casspi is represented by agent Dan Fegan, who also lists Kings center DeMarcus Cousins amongst his clients.
Casspi’s affection for Karl’s style of play isn’t new, with the 27-year-old saying back in March, “I want to come back here so badly. I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.”
In 67 appearances this past season, including 19 as a starter, Casspi averaged 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists, with a slash line of .489/.402/.733.