Wednesday , Feb , 27 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Los Angeles Clippers Owner Says Sam Cassell isn’t Leaving

An NBA source said yesterday that Clippers owner Donald Sterling does not seem interested in buying out the final year of  guard Sam Cassell’s contract. Cassell’s agent, David Falk, has given the Clippers a deadline of Saturday to complete the buyout so the 6-foot-3-inch, two-time NBA champion would be eligible for another team’s postseason roster. Cassell is being paid $6.1 million this season, and is believed to be owed about one-third of that total.

The NBA source said the Celtics and possibly the Nuggets, both over the salary cap, would be interested in Cassell if he is bought out prior to Saturday’s deadline. Both teams could only offer a prorated amount of the veteran’s minimum, around $1.2 million. Falk didn’t respond to an e-mail yesterday and couldn’t be reached by phone. Cassell, 38, is averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 assists this season. He has said he would have no problem backing up starting point guard Rajon Rondo if he came to Boston. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has said he is interested in finding the ‘right veteran point guard.’ Click here for more from the Boston Globe.