Friday , Jan , 18 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Sam Cassell Ready for a Change of Scenery?

Sam Cassell to the Boston Celtics. Cassell to the Dallas Mavericks. Or maybe to the Phoenix Suns. The trade scenarios involving the Clippers point guard are abundant and the rumors have swarmed faster in recent weeks with playoff-caliber teams possibly looking for a final piece to put them over the top.While the Clippers have fielded calls on Cassell’s availability and talks could increase leading up to the Feb. 21 trade deadline, the chances of Cassell being dealt, as of now, are small.

‘Right now, I’m a member of the Clippers and that’s all I can go by,’ Cassell said. ‘I’ve been traded before. If it happens, it happens.’It’s been a struggle this year, but I enjoy playing here. I wish we had our full capacity of players, but that’s not going to happen this year. I don’t have four more years of basketball left to play in this league. I won’t. I have this year and next year.’ Cassell, 38, is in the final year of his contract, making $6.1 million. The Clippers are hesitant to take on any contracts beyond this season. Also, it is simply not a matter of the Clippers accepting draft picks for Cassell, because the salaries would have to be in the range of another player. Click here for more from the Los Angeles Times.