(this would also be a great headline if Sam were ever busted for marijuana possession)
Well, it looks like it's finally happened ... Cassell has gotten his buyout from the Clippers (boston.com) and - once he clears waivers - is expected to join our beloved Celtics roster:
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. An NBA source said that Cassell plans to be in Boston when he clears waivers.As long as he's willing to play the backup minutes to Rajon Rondo - as well as apology for you know what (youtube.com) - this should be a no-brainer for Danny Ainge and the C's ... Throw in the recent acquisition of PJ Brown (and you can click on this link [gac.culture.gov.uk] if you don't get what that picture's supposed to be), and Boston has potentially picked up some solid veteran pieces with playoff experience.
Since the two-time NBA champion will be waived prior to tomorrow'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 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 28. "I talked to [the Celtics] today 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 forward/center 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.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge and coach Doc Rivers cannot comment on Cassell until he clears waivers.
"We do have one spot available, but I am very happy with our team," Ainge said last night.
All in all, I'm ready for Cassell to phone home and relocate to Boston (HA! See, because he looks like E.T., gawd I am so clever I must be the first person to ever make that joke) ...