Rumored earlier in the summer to be happening, it looks Washington Wizards assistant Sam Cassell will be joining the Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff within the next week per Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report.
Hearing Sam Cassell will become a Clippers assistant coach. Announcement to come this week. Clippers had been trying to get him (post Lue).
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) August 2, 2014
Since retiring from the NBA after a fruitful 15-year career which included 3 NBA championships (’94, ’95, ’08), an All-Star appearance (2004), an All-NBA appearance (03-04, 2nd team), Cassell jumped straight into coaching, joining the Washington Wizards coaching staff under then-head coach Flip Saunders where he has remained since the 2009 season. In that time, Cassell has been a pivotal piece in the development of All-Star point guard John Wall.
Cassell’s history with the Clippers dates back to the mid-2000s when the point guard was traded to the franchise from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Lionel Chalmers and Marko Jaric. As a member of the Clippers, Cassell averaged 14.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game.
After Cassell’s two and a half-year tenure with the Clippers, the point guard joined the Doc Rivers-led Boston Celtics and helped them to a championship in 2008.
Following the departures of associate head coach Alvin Gentry (GS Warriors) and assistant head coach Tyronn Lue (CLE Cavaliers), Doc Rivers has looked to fill out his coaching staff prior to the 2014-15 season. Prior to Cassell, Rivers sought out former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson for assistant duties.