This is great news for any Cavs fans who may have had concerns over lingering effects from the injury that kept Omri out of the Eurobasket Tournament earlier this summer, and is also a demonstration of the type of work ethic he’ll eventually bring to Cleveland as a member of the Cavs.
Casspi’s been training daily ever since ever since the injury – with no NBA season start date even remotely in sight – and appears to be possibly ready to stretch it out some against upper-level NBA talent during the next couple weeks at Impact Basketball’s facility in Vegas. This according to the following report from Eurobasket.com:
“The Cavs newly-acquired forward suffered a knee injury while training with Israels national hoops team, causing him to miss the EuroBasket. However, since the injury, Casspi has been successfully running with Israel’s leading physicians and Maccabi Tel Aviv’s personal trainers.
In the states, Omri will team up with world’s top basketball trainer Joe Abunassar, and if all goes according to plan, Casspi will play in Sin City along with 50 other NBA players, taking part in the Impact Academy league, hosted by Abunassar and scheduled to start on Sept. 12th.”
Official rosters are expected to be released sometime either Friday or over the weekend, but according to Hoopsworld.com Omri is the only confirmed Cavaliers player who will at least be out there initially. I’m not sure if Casspi is planning more to intensify his rehab efforts by traveling to Impact, or participate in the full-slate of games, but he will at least be there from what has been reported so far. I also have reason to believe that Manny Harris will be there too, but I have not seen a report anywhere confirming that; last I heard he was going too though.
There hasn’t been any other Cavaliers’ names associated with the Impact League as of yet beyond Manny and Omri. There will be a training session out there for Rookies specifically too – confirmed rookies include Kawhi Leonard, Josh Selby, Shelvin Mack, and others - but from what each of their camps have continued to indicate both Tristan and Kyrie will be at Texas and Duke respectively. The Impact League will be structured to try to put as many guys from the same team together, which was why I kinda wanted to see Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and Omri Casspi – aka the future – all out there together, but I’ll have to wait on that I guess.
Former Cavaliers reportedly confirmed for the Impact League include Damon Jones, J.J. Hickson as well as Mo Williams so far.