Buyer Beware: Boston Celtics Taking Risk With Sam Cassell
There are whispers the Celtics’ front-office wasn’t keen on Cassell. Years ago, Boston GM Danny Ainge coached Cassell in Phoenix. The two didn’t click; Ainge had issues with Cassell’s shot-first, pass-second game. Eventually, the Suns dealt the table-setter to the Nets in the Jason Kidd trade …
My Quick Take: His wish has been granted. After months of speculation, the Los Angeles Clippers and Sam Cassell have agreed on a buyout, allowing the table-setter to officially sign with the powerhouse Boston Celtics for the remainder of the season.
This, of course, is what Cassell wanted. Signing with the green-and-white gives him another opportunity at an NBA Title.
And this is also what the Celtic players wanted. Kevin Garnett and Cassell helped
There are whispers the Celtics’ front-office wasn’t keen on Cassell.
Years ago, Boston GM Danny Ainge coached Cassell in
Now consider match-ups. The Celtics seem destined for an Eastern Conference showdown with the Pistons, so how does Cassell, at 38, match-up against Chauncey Billups?
On offense, Cassell can’t take the bigger Billups down to the low-block. On defense, Cassell lacks the quicks to stay in front of Mr. Big Shot.
Several publications speculated on why this move was actually made.
In other words, this pickup is all about appeasing Kevin Garnett, who enjoyed his lone longest playoff run (Western finals; all the rest were one round and done) alongside Cassell (working the pick-and-roll to perfection, no doubt) and Latrell Sprewell. (
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Keeping Garnett happy is important. However, recreating the past is always risky, especially with a temperamental player like Cassell.
The jury is out on
Was Cassell the right pickup for