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Cavs’ Casspi has appendix removed

By Sam Amico

Perhaps no one has been more talked about in the NBA in the past 24 hours than seldom-used Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi — and not for the greatest of reasons.

Casspi, who has gotten off the bench just twice in the previous 10 games, had his appendix removed last night after suffering stomach issues prior to the Cavs win Saturday at Orlando. A timetable for his return has not been announced.

Just hours before that, Israeli website Walla Sport reported Casspi is seeking a buyout of his contract within the next “2-3 days.” Without giving reasons why, the site reported Casspi wanted to sign with Houston or Memphis if the Cavs offered him a buyout.

Casspi was obtained by the Cavs (along with a conditional draft pick) in a trade with Sacramento for forward/center J.J. Hickson in the summer of 2011.

Casspi’s contract consists of a qualifying offer at season’s end. The Cavs can pick it up, or allow him to leave via free agency at that time.

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