Monday , Dec , 24 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Boston Celtics And Sam Cassell A Perfect Match

But Rondo’s stifling defense, lightning-‘quicks’, and improving range have won over The Big Three and Celtic-nation. So, if the kid can play, should Boston chase a veteran table-setter like Gary Payton or Sam Cassell? Yes. Boston should consider Payton, but Cassell is the best option to back-up Rondo and provide bench scoring …

Boston Celtics And Sam Cassell A Perfect MatchRajon Rondo has silenced the haters. This summer, many wondered if the second-year point guard could lead a Boston side that featured superstars Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett.

But Rondo’s stifling defense, lightning-‘quicks’, and improving range have won over The Big Three and Celtic-nation. So, if the kid can play, should Boston chase a veteran table-setter like Gary Payton or Sam Cassell?

Yes. Boston should consider Payton, but Cassell is the best option to back-up Rondo and provide bench scoring.

Of course, last week, the Pistons exposed a chink in the green-and-white’s armor by applying full-court pressure on Boston’s back-up point guard. Meanwhile, out west, reports indicate the Clippers are listening to offers for Sam-I-am’s expiring contract.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Sam Cassell‘s name has popped up several times in regards to players rumored to be traded before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. No specific teams, however, were mentioned according to the Orange County Register.

A prime reason why Cassell is attractive trade bait is because with his experience and ability, he would be a solid addition to a team vying to go deep in the playoffs. Just as important, the 38-year old Cassell has an expiring contract.

So these two-the Celtics and Cassell-could be a match. The former All-Star and two-time NBA champ still has much to offer.

Cassell has experience. He’s got rings from his Houston days and has faced every possible situation. Remember, Allen, Pierce, and Garnett have zero combined finals appearances.

Cassell, at this stage in his career, would make an outstanding sixth man. Think Manu Ginobili with a mouth. He could scout for weaknesses in the first quarter from the bench, check-in for Rondo or Allen, and get-off on opposing second units.

Chemistry won’t be an issue, either. Remember, Garnett and Cassell are tight from their run in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. However, Allen and Cassell may have a slightly more tenuous relationship after Milwaukee. Both are professional enough to make things work.

Best of all, Cassell comes cheap. His mid-level contract comes off the books this summer, so there’s no financial commitment if injuries set-in. The only thing left is for Celtic GM Danny Ainge to make it happen.  

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