Tuesday , Feb , 26 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Boston Celtics After Brent Barry and Sam Cassell

A little more than an hour before tipoff last night, Danny Ainge hadn’t heard from Brent Barry, and the Celtics director of basketball operations wasn’t taking that as good news. With teams to choose from closer to Barry’s home (and a better tax situation in Texas), sources were saying the guard will either go back to San Antonio (after a 30-day wait) or sign with Houston or Phoenix (Steve Nash is pushing for a signing) when he clears waivers this morning. The Celtics hope they are still involved, but sources were calling them a longshot on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Sam Cassell remains a possibility. Before the Celts beat his current employers, 104-76, the Clippers point guard said he was hopeful of negotiating a buyout with the club. If it gets done, he and the Celts have a strong mutual interest. (And if the C’s were to also get Barry, it wouldn’t preclude them from going after Cassell.) ‘They’re talking about it,’ Cassell said when asked about the buyout. ‘It’s just a matter of working things out and getting it done.’ Asked if it’s a matter of how much he’s willing to give up, Cassell said, ‘You know how it is. It’s a business. I can understand it, but hopefully I think it’ll get done.’ Click here for more from the Boston Herald.