Heat interested in Kings’ 3-point specialist Omri Casspi
At 32.3 percent, the Miami Heat have the third-worst 3-point field goal percentage in the NBA, and therefore could use another shooter on the perimeter. One of the options Miami has reportedly explored is trading for Sacramento Kings long-range specialist Omri Casspi, per Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald.
As of Wednesday, Casspi is shooting 42.2 percent from behind the arc, tied for ninth in the NBA among players with at least 100 attempts. His 89 made 3-pointers are eight more than Heat All-Star Chris Bosh, and he’s averaging 12.3 points off the bench for Sacramento.
Miami is down a 3-point specialist after guard Tyler Johnson (38 percent on 3-point attempts) had surgery to repair an issue with his rotator cuff last week. He is expected to miss two months.
Casspi, on a two-year, $ 5.8 million contract, is a cheap replacement to fill the void left by Johnson, and sources say the Kings have expressed interest in Johnson, even though he’s out for two months and perhaps the rest of the season.
That said, a Casspi-Johnson deal could be in the making at the trade deadline. Stay tuned.
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