Former Cavaliers Livingston, Casspi sign free-agent contracts elsewhere

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Two former Cleveland Cavaliers have used the free-agency route to find new homes in the NBA.

Point guard Shaun Livingston has agreed to a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets, while small forward Omri Casspi has agreed to a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.

Livingston reportedly will sign with Brooklyn for the veteran's minimum salary to serve as the main backup to three-time All-Star Deron Williams.

Livingston played 49 games with the Cavaliers last season, when the injury-prone 27-year-old averaged 7.2 points, 3.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 50.7 percent from the floor.

Livingston, who went to the NBA straight out of high school, was taken with the fourth overall pick of the 2004 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. He has suffered several knee injuries, including a serious dislocation that forced him to miss the entire 2007-08 season. In the following two seasons, Livingston played in only 48 total games with three different teams.

For his career, he has averages of 6.7 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds over 390 games with the Clippers, Miami, Oklahoma City, Washington, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Casspi, meanwhile, will join the Rockets after spending the last two seasons with the Cavaliers. The Houston Chronicle reports the deal is for the veteran minimum salary at $2 million total, with a club option for 2014-2015.

The Rockets added Casspi following their free-agent acquisitions of Dwight Howard and James Harden, while also picking up Francisco Garcia on Saturday.

Casspi, the first Israeli-born NBA player to be selected in the first round of the draft (by the Kings in 2009), averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in his first season with the Cavs in 2011-12.

However, his production fell off last season when he averaged just 4.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

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