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Omri Casspi another Dub happy to take pay cut

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The Los Angeles Clippers’ Jamal Crawford (11) scores on an easy layup in front the Sacramento King’s Omri Casspi (18) in the first half at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. (Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times/TNS)
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Most people relocating to the Bay Area get a pay raise. But that isn’t true for the region’s NBA team.

Omri Casspi, introduced as the newest member of the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, turned down more lucrative offers to join the reigning champs, according to a report by ESPN’s Zach Lowe.

“One thing me and my agent talked about was being part of this organization’s culture and win,” Casspi told reporters at the Warriors’ headquarters in Oakland on Wednesday. “I’m happy to have the opportunity here.”

Casspi signed for the 2017-18 season for the veteran minimum, $2.1 million. He passed up an offer of $4.5 million, according to Lowe’s article.

The first NBA player from Israel is just 29. He averaged 11.8 points per game on 48 percent from the field (including 41 percent from deep) in 2015-16 when he was a favorite of then Sacramento Kings coach George Karl. Casspi missed most of last season due to injury.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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