Random NBA stuff:
• Reports that the Cavaliers and Omri Casspi are working on a buyout were likely generated by Casspi’s agent, and any talks very well could be going nowhere. But if it actually happens, expect the Spurs to give him some consideration. The Grizzlies? Eh, not so much.
• Players must be waived by 11:59 p.m. EST Friday to be eligible for another team’s playoff roster. But some teams will still sign guys who have been waived after that date as an end-of-the-season tryout.
• The Cavs have an available roster spot, and GM Chris Grant said the team will indeed scour the waiver wire once these transactions take place in the next day or two.
• Grant’s exact words: “We’ll constantly look at those guys and take a look at D-League guys that make sense. Our roster stands at 15, so we’d have to make a decision if a player came up. That’s fine. Ownership allows us to do that.”
• Speaking of available players, in case you missed it, former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden has decided not to sign with a team until the summer free agency period. The Cavs, Heat and Celtics are said to be the frontrunners.
• Here’s my story on the Oden situation from Wednesday.
• Pacers forward Danny Granger stands a good chance to get traded this summer. The Pacers would’ve moved him at the deadline had he been healthy. They need to find a way to trim salary. Anyone with a high first-round draft pick (or two) can be in the running for Granger.
• It’s also highly likely former No. 1 pick Andrea Bargnani will be traded this summer. After his disappointing season (and huge contract), he won’t cost a whole lot, either. I still say Bargnani can be a really nice player if he lands in the right spot. Prediction time: It will be with the Kings (Sonics?), regardless of where they end up.
• Finally, here is what Raptors coach Dwane Casey had to say about the addition of small forward Rudy Gay.