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Report: Clippers nab Sam Cassell from Wizards

Aug 2, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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Doc Rivers already hired former Knicks coach Mike Woodson to join the Clippers’ coaching staff, and Lawrence Frank and Larry Drew also came up as possible additions.

With Alvin Gentry (Warriors) and Tyronn Lue (Cavaliers) departing, Rivers had two vacancies to fill.

But rather than settling on a former head coach like Frank or Drew, Rivers succeeded in his bid to pry Sam Cassell off the Wizards’ bench.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Cassell, a former point guard, earned rave reviews for helping John Wall develop, but Chris Paul doesn’t require that kind of personal attention. In Los Angeles, Cassell can spread his wings and establish himself as an all-around coach – key for one day becoming a head coach.

The Wizards might not get a draft pick in return, but they’ll gain credibility among future assistant-coaching candidates. By letting Cassell leave, Washington establishes itself as a franchise that won’t stand in the way of its employees’ personal development.

  1. cantonb0und13 - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Great hired by the Clippers.

    • sackofrice - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      golem.

  2. Hard On For Harden - Aug 2, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    The deal was complicated by a delay in communication as Sam spends his offseason on his home planet.

    • cantonb0und13 - Aug 2, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Best comment of the month (even though it only been two days so far).

  3. lazegowizfan95 - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    It’s official Gary Payton to the Wizards John Wall will truly reach his potential ya’ll aint see nothing yet.

  4. addict2sport - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Let me guess, Sam won’t coach if Sterling is still the owner next year.

  5. saint1997 - Aug 3, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    One of those under the radar move that could potentially hurt the Wiz

    • sire2334 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      The ONLY way this doesn’t hurt is if they bring in Payton, and even then there may be growing pains. Definite blow.

  6. watermelon1 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Ugh, the first mistake by the wizards this entire offseason.

    Loved Sam-I-Am in DC.

  7. Eutaw's Finest - Aug 3, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    How is Sam joining the Clippers helping him further his career exactly? He’s taking the exact same position he had with the wizards and it’s not like he’s going from a non-contender to a contender. He’s going from the 3rd best team in the east to the 3rd or 4th best in the west. Pretty lateral move if you ask me.

    • irvness21 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      The difference is Doc Rivers is a better Coach than Randy Whitman. The Wizards lost on this one. GP to DC wont work right away but it could be huge down the road.

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