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NBA Lockout 2011: Omri Casspi To Sign With Maccabi Tel Aviv

Another NBA player has decided to play overseas in lieu of the NBA's dire employment situation.  Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Omri Casspi has signed a contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, a professional team in Isreal.  Casspi, a native of Israel, was acquired by the Cavaliers in a trade with the Sacramento Kings for J.J. Hickson who is also playing overseas.

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Casspi made news on Friday when he tweeted his anger with labor talks, while pushing for union decertification.  The NBPA did just that on Monday afternoon, deciding to disband and file an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA.

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"If the NBA claim loses of 300mil dollars, why they aren't opening the books to the players and letting us see it?" Casspi wrote.

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"I know that it won't be good for the nba that the court will make them open the books and we all find out that there's big difference.

"I think it's time for us to give the NBA deal that we like and put the pressure on them. #decertify" wrote the NBA's first Israeli-born player.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.