Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi is headed back to Maccabi Tel Aviv, saying on Tuesday that he will join his former team in January, assuming the NBA season is lost to the ongoing lockout.
At the end of August, Casspi announced that he would not be returning to Maccabi due to income tax issues. However, with still no end in sight to the lockout, and with offers from the likes of Spartak St. Petersburg and France’s Asvel Basket Lyon Villeurbanne not coming to fruition, Casspi renewed talks with Maccabi and on Tuesday announced that he will return to the yellow-and-blue should the NBA season be canceled.
“Maccabi and I have signed the contract and I’m as happy as can be to be returning home,” Casspi wrote on his Facebook page. “I’m so excited to be coming back home, to my family and the best fans in the world.”
“I will be coming in January assuming the NBA season is canceled. The reason I will only be arriving in January is because I don’t want Maccabi to suffer from having two players leaving the team at once should there eventually be an NBA season.”
The chances of the entire 2011/12 NBA season being canceled significantly increased on Monday after the NBA players union rejected the latest deal offered by owners and announced that it will file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.
Casspi, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings two years ago, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of last season. He has not yet played for the team due to the labor dispute.
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