In his debut performance with the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night, forward Omri Casspi tallied 12 points while shooting 5-9 from the field in only 24 minutes of action. But he also broke his thumb, and early Friday morning was ruled out for 4-6 weeks. A fact that may have directly affected his future with the team.
Per The Vertical’s Shams Charania–
New Orleans is waiving forward Omri Casspi, signing guard Reggie Williams, league sources tell @TheVertical. Casspi out with broken thumb.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 25, 2017
This news comes as a very tough break for both Casspi and the Pelicans franchise. By losing Casspi to injury, New Orleans also lost offensive versatility and shooting, which is something they desperately need right now. They ultimately made the decision to waive him in an effort to replace what they lost without impeding their cap situation. In doing so, they also lost Casspi’s bird rights.
They choice to replace Casspi is sixth-year veteran Reggie Williams, a known mid-level three-point threat. This will be Williams second stint with the Pelicans this season, as he was cut by the team earlier in the year to make room for Donatas Motiejunas. In his five games in New Orleans, Williams tallied 5.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.6 steals per game, while shooting .350% from the field and .500% from beyond the arc.