Israel’s Omri Casspi recently signed a new two-year contract with the Sacramento Kings for $6 million.
“I love it here. I want to come back. My agent knows that, I know that, I love it here,” Casspi said in the lead up to the deal.
The Israeli small forward first joined the Kings in the first round of the 2009 draft.
He also donned uniforms for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, and New Orleans Pelicans. In 2014, the 6-foot-9 Casspi returned to Sacramento and wrapped up a one-year contract for the 2014-2015 season.
The 27-year-old is the first Israeli to play in the NBA and the only blue-and-white player to be on the courts in the new season.
Gal Mekel, a second Israeli to play in the preeminent men’s professional basketball league, recently returned home where he was expected to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv but those negotiations derailed on July 9.
Israeli-American coach David Blatt has said he will “absolutely” return to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2015-2016 season.