Omri Casspi's storybook return to Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel during the NBA lockout won't actually materialize, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. Instead, Casspi could play for ASVEL Basket in Lyon, France -- the team owned by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.
France isn't the only destination that Casspi -- coveted by the Spurs since he was drafted No. 23 overall by the Kings in 2009 -- is considering as a lockout alternative. Various reports in the Israeli media say he's drawn interest from clubs in Russia and Spain.
The Sacramento Kings traded Casspi to the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 30, just hours before the onset of the lockout prevented further trades and free agent moves. Casspi was expected to compete for the starting small forward job in Cleveland, joining Cavs draft picks point guard Kyrie Irving and big man Tristan Thompson on a young core looking deep into the future.
Casspi had played for Maccabi before entering the NBA.