A week after the Cleveland Cavaliers made Omri Casspi an unrestricted free agent by not picking up his option, the NBA's first Israeli-born player said he expects to sign with the Houston Rockets.
He will join all-stars Dwight Howard and James Harden after agreeing to a two-year deal with the franchise July 6, according to reports.
When reached by telephone July 7, Casspi said he was not doing any interviews until it is "100 percent official" and he has signed a contract. He said he hopes to sign the contract either Wednesday, July 10, or Thursday, July 11.
Casspi, a small forward, has played two seasons with the Cavs and two with Sacramento. The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder has averaged 7.9 points and 3.9 rebounds in 21 minutes per game for his career.
Last week, Casspi was joined in the NBA by a second Israeli after Gal Mekel came to terms with the Dallas Mavericks.
Staff reporter Ed Wittenberg contributed to this story.