Basketball star Omri Casspi, traded by the Sacramento Kings to the Cleveland Cavaliers in June, has signed with his former Israeli team, Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Casspi wrote Nov. 15 on his Facebook page that he has signed a contract with the Israeli club, effective in January.
“I am overjoyed to return home to the club of my youth,” wrote Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA. “I am so excited to come home, to the best family and fans in the world.”
Casspi, who has not yet played with the Cavaliers, had been scheduled to be part of the Israeli national team for the fall EuroBasket tournament but injured his knee during practice and did not play.
On Nov. 14, the NBA players’ union rejected the latest offer by the owners, imperiling the season.
Jewish basketball player Jordan Farmar of the New Jersey Nets has been playing for Maccabi for several weeks. — jta