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Report: Cavs’ Casspi wants traded

By Sam Amico

Omri Casspi has requested a trade from the Cavaliers, but apparently there are no takers, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

“Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant has been making calls on possible deals for Casspi, but nothing has materialized,” Yahoo reported.

The website added that the trade request “was made through Casspi’s representatives with Creative Arts Agency (CAA), sources said.”

One opposing GM told FOX Sports Ohio he has not been contacted by the Cavs regarding Casspi. The GM added he likely wouldn’t be interested, either.

Casspi is a 6-foot-9 forward who is in his fourth NBA season. He was selected by Sacramento with the No. 23 overall pick of the 2009 draft, then traded to the Cavs (along with a protected first-round pick) for J.J. Hickson in the summer of 2011.

Casspi was immediately selected as the starting small forward by Cavs coach Byron Scott, but lost the job to Alonzo Gee midway through the season. Casspi has since fallen out of the rotation, having seen action in just one of the previous 10 games.

He’s averaging 4.9 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season — down from career averages of 8.4 and 4.0, respectively.

Casspi will forever hold the distinction of being the first Israeli-born player drafted in the first round.

Walton out

Cavs forward Luke Walton has been excused from the team for a personal matter and is out for Monday’s game at Chicago.

Walton has played at least 10 minutes off the bench in eight of the previous nine games. He is averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Leuer recalled

The Cavs have recalled forward Jon Leuer from the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League.

Leuer has appeared in eight games for the Charge this season, averaging 19.5 points on .512 shooting and 12.3 rebounds.

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