National Basketball Association journeyman Omri Casspi reportedly is close to signing a deal with the Timberwolves, ESPN's Marc Stein reported Sunday, citing league sources.
Casspi was traded from the Kings to New Orleans last month as part of the deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, but Casspi broke his right thumb after scoring 12 points in the first game with the Pelicans, who released him two days later.
The Pelicans promptly waived Casspi to make room on the roster to sign Reggie Williams.
Tom Thibodeau met with Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans in advance of the Wolves' road game Sunday night against the Pelicans. The plan was for Casspi to accompany the Timberwolves on the team flight back to Minnesota and finalize the contract on Monday.
The 6-foot-9 Casspi can play small forward and power forward and is a career 37-percent shooter from 3-point range, which should help them atone for Bjelica's absence.
The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers were also reportedly interested in adding Casspi, but Minnesota might be able to give Casspi more playing time after season-ending injuries to Zach LaVine in February and Nemanja Bjelica on March 15.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported discussions between the Wolves and Casspi.