Sam Cassell told the Baltimore Sun that he plans to sign a contract next week to play one more year with the Celtics and then become an assistant coach.
Baltimore native and three-time NBA champion Sam Cassell said today he plans to become an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics after playing one more season.
Cassell, a 38-year-old guard who was part of the Celtics' title run this year, told a reporter about his plans shortly before speaking at a City Hall news conference. "This is my last year playing with the Celtics," he said. "Next week, I'll sign the contract."
After finishing the 2008-09 season, he plans to exercise an option to join the coaching staff. "I am playing this year," he said. "After that, I have the option to do coaching for them."
The Celtics are already at 15 players and I don't see any would likely be cut other than Darius Miles. Danny has high hopes for Gabe Pruitt, JR Giddens and Bill Walker. I don't see any of them being cut. Patrick O'Bryant is needed to back up Perk. Other than POB, there are only undersized power forwards to back up the center spot. Tony Allen and Eddie House were just signed to two year contracts. Leon Powe and Big Baby are needed to back up the 4 and 5 spots. Brian Scalabrine may be expendable, but he has 22 years left on his contract. So, unless Danny isn't expecting Darius Miles to make it, or they are planning to dump Scal, or Danny is looking to do some trading with a 2 for 1 return, I don't see the Celtics signing Cassell to play one more year. I would rather have all the guys we have now than Sam. But, if Sam is talking about siging a contract next week, there has to have been some talk between him and the team. Stay tuned. I am sure there is more on this to come.