Report: Sam Cassell Gets Buyout, Eyeing Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, & Denver Nuggets
My AM Take: Sam Cassell will get his wish. Today, the L.A. Clippers will hand him a seven-figure check (a lovely parting gift for his troubles) and waive him. Then he’ll be free to ink a contract with a contending team.
Put aside your morals because this transaction reeks. Forget that Cassell had a contract with the Clippers, but campaigned for a buyout like a candidate wanting your vote in the upcoming American election.
This is the business/culture of the NBA. Players can be gainfully employed by one team, earning millions of dollars, but can still lobby to join another team. Occasionally, the player gets rewarded with a buyout, too.
The Celtics are interested. They’d like Cassell to spell starter Rajon Rondo. But the veteran’s tight relationship with Kevin Garnett was an issue in Minnesota, so the green-and-white could first try for Brent Barry.
Team Cuban likes the flashy moves. Dallas pulled off two trades for Jason Kidd; now they want Cassell as his back-up. The Mavericks are certainly gearing up for a playoff run.
The Nuggets have dropped three straight. Their superstars, Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, are frustrated because the club nixed a proposed deadline deal for Ron Artest. So Cassell could help on-court and also appease ‘Melo and The Answer.