Thursday, February 28, 2008

So Long, Sam!

Just received this release from the Clippers regarding the buyout of Sam Cassell's contract. No surprise really. This move had been expected ever since LA failed to trade the 38-yeard old vet before the deadline. The only hang up was how much money Cassell wanted to give up to get out of his contract, and it appears he was willing to give up quite a bit.

Sources tell me that Sam-I-Am will receive only about half of the $1.7 million remaining on this $6.1 million deal. But there's no reason to cry for Cassell. Now that he is a free agent, he can sign with any team he wants. And of course that team is the Celtics, who will not only make up for what Cassell will be missing from his Clippers deal, but will also reunite Cassell with his old Minnesota teammate Kevin Garnett for one more run at a title.

Cassell was always fun to be around because he kept the atmosphere light and the people around him laughing--even if not always intentionally. It's unfortunate that Clippers fans didn't get more of an opportunity to see Cassell work his playoff magic. Just another disappointment in a long line of them for Clipper Nation.

Good luck, Sam!

The Los Angeles Clippers today waived point guard Sam Cassell.

In 38 games played this season, Cassell averaged 12.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 25.7 minutes per game. In his 15th NBA season, Cassell had missed the last four games with a sprained right wrist while missing 12 games earlier in the season with a strained left calf.

“After weighing all of the options and after conversations with Sam we believe this is the best solution for this team,” stated Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor. “We know and appreciate the many contributions Sam made during the last three years, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Cassell notched his most productive season with the Clippers during the 2005-06 campaign when he tallied 17.2 points and 6.3 assists while helping lead the Clippers to within one game of the 2006 Western Conference Finals. During the Clippers’ 2006 Playoff run, Cassell averaged 18.0 points, 5.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 33.7 minutes in 12 games played.

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