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In his third season, the two-time defending champion Rockets were swept out of the second round of the playoffs by the Seattle SuperSonics. Dude was a leader on the floor in his career, he’s never been afraid of the spotlight (he’d be on TV if he didn’t have a face for radio), he knows the game, and he’s put in quality time on the bench. 28 or No. Cassell is the second Clippers assistant to have interviewed for the team’s coaching vacancy so far, joining Tyronn Lue. Cassell’s done tour with the Washington Wizards under Flip Saunders and is currently an assistant coach … After the 2004–05 season, the Timberwolves traded Cassell and a conditional first-round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Marko Jarić and Lionel Chalmers. There’s a lot of EX point guards that secured jobs in less time than Sam Cassell. His first tenure as an assistant began with the Washington Wizards in 2009 and lasted until 2014. That season, after defeating the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets in the first two rounds of the playoffs, he almost reached the Finals with the Bucks, falling just short when they lost in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers. Believe me I thought the same thing he should be primed for a head coaching spot. [60] The move was done strictly for salary cap purposes and Cassell was not expected to play for the Kings. [5] He was declared academically ineligible based on National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Proposition 48 standards, and ended up starting his college career at San Jacinto College in Houston, Texas, where he was known as a big scorer. [4], After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar Community High School in East Baltimore, Maryland, Cassell spent a post graduate year at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, under coach Max Good. Stan Van Gundy: “Deep Down, I’m Always A Coach”, Wolves’ Rosas Acknowledges No Obvious Choice At No. Not a strong enough personality. Cassell, along with Eddie House, James Posey, P.J. Between their move to California in 1978 and Chris Paul's arrival in 2011, this would be the only year that the Clippers won a playoff series. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and All-NBA Team once, both in the 2003–04 season. Cassell has managed to gain a substantial amount of experience as an assistant coach and appears overdue for a head coaching role. [6], On February 14, 2008, in a game against Wake Forest, Cassell's jersey was retired by Florida State.[7]. ", Mullin, Jeff. Cassell's minutes, scoring and usage rates all increased in his third season, but he missed 21 games with injuries. [13] Under new head coach Danny Ainge, the Suns saw marked improvement with Cassell leading the team with 14.8 points per game. [37] Cassell struggled with injuries that season, and the Clippers missed the playoffs by two games. Something has to be going on? ", " - Minnesota not likely to cry wolf in playoffs with Cassell", "Garnett Leads Timberwolves To Western Conference Finals", "Marko Jaric for Sam Cassell - Clippers Best. Trade. [26] They faced the Sacramento Kings in the next round, with Cassell again dropping 40 points in the series opener. [43] Although the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns were interested in his services,[44] he was strongly linked with a poised move to the Boston Celtics and was expected to be in Boston once he cleared waivers. Led by coach John Calipari, who pushed the team to trade for then re-sign Cassell,[17] the Nets were favorites in the Eastern conference entering the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season. [27] A series of late-game heroics from Cassell helped the Timberwolves defeat the Kings in seven games. On March 11, 1999, Cassell was again traded in a three team, eight player trade that sent Stephon Marbury to the Nets, Terrell Brandon to Minnesota Timberwolves, and Cassell to the Milwaukee Bucks. [12] On December 12, 1996, Cassell led the 5–14 Suns into Utah and defeated the Jazz who at the time were on a 15-game winning streak. Post-NBA career, Cassell has been an assistant coach in the NBA for 11 seasons. 2018-19 NBA Salary Cap – $101.869 Million, 2019-20 NBA Salary Cap – $109.140 Million. 1 Overall Pick, Sources: Tyronn Lue Gaining ‘significant momentum’ as Rockets Next Head Coach. However they were swept by Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the first round. [73], CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (, Paul Lawrence Dunbar Community High School, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders, "True Hoops: Point Guard Project – Sam Cassell", "Who Had the Better Mid-Range Jumpshot: Sam Cassell or Mike Bibby? [45] Cassell said that he would wear either No. [62][64] John Wall, who was drafted first overall by the Wizards in 2010, credits Cassell for his development into one of the NBA's premier point guards and leadership during the team's Eastern Conference semi-finals appearance in 2014 – their first playoff series win since 2005. [16] Forming one the league's most potent backcourts with Kerry Kittles, Cassell averaged 19.6 points, 8 assists and 1.6 steals in 34 minutes per game for the Nets that year, and helped lead them to the playoffs for their first time in four years. He was pretty good opposite Dennis Quaid in the 80s movie Enemy Mine, though. [23] Cassell enjoyed his most successful season as an individual that year. Holiday, an All-Defense performer capable of playing both guard spots, averaged 19.1 points and 6.7 assists for the Pelicans this past season and seemingly could fit in with the Nuggets’ youth and recent experience. Cassell made his playoff debut with the Timberwolves scoring a franchise playoff record 40 points, in a first-round game 1 win against the Denver Nuggets. Drafted 24th overall in the 1993 NBA draft out of Florida State, Cassell played for eight different teams during his 15-year career. Now that Morey is out, you can bet they’ll hire a Van Gundy. [53] In Boston, Cassell was reunited with former teammates Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Cassell was also said to be drawing some interest from the Rockets, but it doesn’t appear that he has interviewed with Houston to this point.