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Omri Casspi playing for Israel in 2010 (Photo/Wikimedia)

Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi joins Golden State Warriors

Israeli basketball player Omri Casspi signed a one-year contract with the Bay Area’s own Golden State Warriors, the 2017 NBA champions.

Casspi inked the $2.1 million agreement this week during a midnight conference call with the team’s representatives, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

A native of Holon, a town near Tel Aviv, Casspi joined the NBA in 2009 as the first Israeli-born player in the league’s history. He was with the Sacramento Kings from 2009 to 2011, and then again from July 2013 until this February, when he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans as part of a swap for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. His last team was the Minnesota Timberwolves, who signed him after he was waived by the Pelicans when he suffered a broken thumb in his first game with the team.

The 6-foot-9 Casspi has averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting about 37 percent from three-point range, in eight NBA seasons. The Warriors will be his sixth NBA team.

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