Friday , Feb , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Sam Cassell Waiting for the Ink to Dry

The first step toward veteran point guard Sam Cassell becoming a Celtic took place Thursday. Cassell signed buyout papers with the Clippers and won’t clear waivers until Monday at 6 p.m., assuming he clears. The 38-year-old is expected to sign with the Celtics over the Nuggets and Mavericks. Since the two-time NBA champion will be waived prior to Saturday’s deadline, he will be eligible to play in the postseason.’I think it’s a situation where the team (Clippers) gives me an opportunity to chase another dream of mine,’ Cassell told to the Los Angeles Times.

‘I appreciate it. There was frustration from both parties with our team being hurt and it was just an  opportunity to move on.’ Cassell spoke as if he will be wearing the green and white once he clears waivers. He said he would wear either No. 91 or No. 28. ‘I talked to (the Celtics) (Thursday) and they said they want me,’ Cassell said.Cassell will receive about half of the $1.7 million remaining on his $6.1 million contract, according to the Los Angeles Times. Despite signing P.J. Brown Wednesday, the Celtics still have one roster spot remaining. Boston can offer a prorated $1.2 million veteran’s minimum to Cassell. The Clippers are expected to sign free agent guard Ronald ‘Flip’ Murray to replace Cassell. Click here for more from the Boston Globe.