Sam Cassell Traded

ESPN reports the Celtics have shipped Sam Cassell to Sacramento:

The Celtics will send Sam Cassell and cash to the Kings for a future second-round pick. Barring any changes overnight, the deal is expected to be finalized Tuesday afternoon with the league office.

The deal helps the Celtics by removing Cassell’s salary from the team’s luxury-tax computations. The Kings give up virtually nothing to do it as the pick is heavily protected. Furthermore, another league source says the deal could pave the way for the Celtics to add another player to their roster prior to the playoffs. The Celtics had a maximum of 15 players on their current roster.

Cassell hasn’t played a game for the Celtics this season, but he’s been an important veteran voice in the locker room. While it’s unclear what the Kings will do with Cassell, most likely they’ll waive him.

Trader Danny is at it again. The question is: Who is he clearing space for? Stephon Marbury? Joe Smith? Player X?

Cassell’s best game in green came about a year ago, when he dropped 17 points on the Spurs in San Antonio. He also scored 13 points in the Game 1 win over the Cavs in the playoffs. And there were those initial games where he drove us crazy by forcing shots outside of the flow of the offense. But he did provide plenty of laughs with this photo. Odds are Sam will be back on the bench as a coach very soon.

Meanwhile, John says he’s losing his mind over the Celtics. News flash – there are a million reasons why you are crazy, don’t blame the Celtics.

As for the raffle to win Celtics tickets, I sold ten out of the forty-five tickets on Day 1. I’m guessing we’ll be sold out by the end of the week so you’d better jump in now. Where else can you get two $101 tickets for a measely $5? Email chuck@redsarmy.com to enter.

Today’s Links: Globe – C’s Ready to Play D Again | Herald – C’s Stars Get Fresh Perspective | SI.com – NBA to Borrow $175 Million for Teams | USA Today – NBA to Fix Rule Which Cost Us Portland Game

13 Responses

  1. They must be bringing in a big. They wouldn’t get rid of a back up point guard if they were trying to sign a back up point guard.

    I’m comfortable with our back court. We need a big man.

  2. I am sorry to see Sam go, not because he was contributing anything these days, but because he was just a fun guy. Did anyone ever see a player who appeared to enjoy playing basketball more than Sam? I haven’t.

  3. Regardless of who they plan on bringing in – big or small – I think Sam had to be the one to go. POB has another year on his deal. They like Gabe’s potential, same with Walker. It had to be Sam.

  4. FWIW – Still no mention of the trade on Herald web site, and the Globe didn’t get the ESPN report on their blog until 9:30am. I thought these news organizations were staffed around the clock?

  5. We all know that Sam wants to make a transition to coaching. And according to the story, Sacramento is supposedly going to waive Sam. Is this just a series of hoops for Danny to jump through to move Sam from the roster to the coaching staff? I don’t know if it is possible to cut him as a player this late in the year and bring him on the books as an assistant coach without having to trade him.

    This does cause me a little concern since Sam is a better ball handler than Eddie and Gabe is still pretty inexperienced in the event that Rajon goes down (knock on wood). But I am very confident in this team right now and I trust Ainge’s decision making.

    Why is Sacramento doing this deal at all? Just for the cash?

  6. Danny picks up another 2nd rd pick and it’ll be a high pick since Sacramento sucks.

    That’s another Powe, Baby or Gomes right there the way Danny finds 2nd rd gems…

  7. Can anyone explain to me what a “highly protected second round pick” is?? Most people from what I read believe the Celtics will never even see this pick.

    Any thoughts…

  8. I’m willing to bet that’s true.

    I don’t know what’s going on here. It’s a weird little game that’s being played. It’s like Sacramento is doing us a favor by clearing a roster spot… and then maybe waiving Cassell. That’ll give him a month off before rejoining the Celtics.

    If that’s the case, then it’s just another shady deal in the NBA. It’s no different than signing a guy who’s “retired” to a big contract to make the salaries match in a trade… the buying him out. The guy spends a couple of weeks on the bench, get a couple million bucks… and then goes back home.

    But… those are the rules… and the Celtics are playing by them. I just don’t like the rules very much.

    Bottom line, the C’s are clearly setting up to bring someone in… and then maybe, somehow, bring Sam back later.

  9. Just heard the Celtics are signing Joe Kliene

  10. Damn Jesteroo does that mean the Joe Kliene throwback I got a month ago isn’t a throwback anymore? (And I am 100% serious, I have a Joe Kliene jersey, I haven’t decided on Ala Albdelnaby or Kevin Gamble for my next purchase)

  11. Saw a guy recently w/Brad Lohaus throwback. I’m kind of partial to my sweet Jerry Sichting throwback. MAN..if we could get Joe Smith…

  12. Wow, that relates as I am pretty sure Lohaus was traded with Ainge for Kliene and Pinckney right? Sorry I’m a nerd.

  13. Ala Albdelnaby is always a winner

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