CLEVELAND: Omri Casspi will not have his contract bought out in time to be eligible for a playoff roster, two league sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed on Friday.
Casspi was in negotiations to have his contract bought out, according to an ESPN.com report. But Casspi needed to be released by 11:59 p.m. on Friday in order for him to be eligible for the playoffs. That doesn't appear likely, according to the two sources who spoke on conditiion of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation.
The Cavs tried dealing Casspi prior to last week's trade deadline, but couldn't strike a deal.
Casspi is unhappy with his lack of playing time, a team source said. He hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 6 and played a total of seven minutes during the month of February.
Casspi has only appeared in 29 of the Cavs' 59 games and is out recovering from an emergency appendectomy he had last weekend in Orlando, Fla. Casspi was at the arena Friday dressed in street clothes and there is no timeline for his return.