Cassell Is Free, Set to Join Boston Three?

Sam Cassell finally got his release from the Los Angeles Clippers, making him a free agent when he clears waivers. The 38-year-old veteran has been pushing for a buyout for some time. His agent, David Falk, was in town last weekend to negotiate a deal and set a deadline of Saturday to get something done. Now it looks like he has a clear path to Boston, where the Celtics have already added P.J. Brown to bolster its front line. Old guys rule.

"After weighing all of the options and after conversations with Sam we believe this is the best solution for this team," Vice President of Basketball Operations Elgin Baylor said in a statement. "We know and appreciate the many contributions Sam made during the last three years, and we wish him nothing but the best."

By Michael Lee |  February 28, 2008; 6:06 PM ET
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Who cares, that guy is old anyway.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 28, 2008 7:10 PM

I think that's great. It'll make the East a bit more competitive and put to rest the constant talk from the sportswriters about how the real NBA champ is whomever from the west. In the east, it'll probably come down to Boston and Cleveland.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 28, 2008 7:39 PM

I am sick of these NBA vets getting buy-outs every year now. We dont see guys in the NFL, NHL, or MLB getting out of a bad situation because the team was losing. Whatever happened to being loyal to your team? The last few years, if a team is doing bad, vets whine their way out of their contracts, and teams tank the last month of the season.

Changes need to be made, such as the buyout deadline being moved up, and un-weighted draft lottery, etc. to improve the product in the later months. Watching teams tank, and seeing teams like the Celtics get good in a cheap-ish manner is not fun to see.

Posted by: Roman | February 28, 2008 8:13 PM

Boston and Cleveland for the east??? Detroit will beat either one of them.

Posted by: Ryan | February 28, 2008 8:16 PM

Only time will tell.

Posted by: DC Man88 | February 28, 2008 8:28 PM

I second Roman's comments completely.

Posted by: George Templeton | February 29, 2008 1:05 AM

What a joke

Posted by: Anonymous | February 29, 2008 9:24 AM

I too am tired of seeing vets beg out of a contract so they can sign with a contending team. Does anybody have any integrity anymore? Why don't somebody like the Kings or Sonics claim Sammy and don't play him. Last year Eddie Jones went "home" to Miami. Zo did the same thing. The league is pathetic and classless!

Posted by: G-Man | February 29, 2008 9:43 AM

With the addition of Cassell, the Celtics are the clear favorite to win it all. They already have the league's best record, and Cassell cements them as the favorites this year.

Posted by: Shamrock85 | February 29, 2008 11:37 AM

Cassell can help them, if he can stay healthy (which is hardly a given). But I still think Detroit will overtake them down the stretch for the best record in the East.

Posted by: kalorama | February 29, 2008 12:39 PM

Since this is a thread talking about another teams veteran PG:

I hope everyone who loves to rip Jordan for his supposed late game play calling gaffes saw the Mavs/Spurs game on TNT Thursday. Down 2 with 40 seconds to play and the ball, Avery Johnson takes Jason Kidd out of the game and runs the offense through Jason Terry and Devon George. The result was a busted play, a forced blocked shot, and a turnover.

Why would you trade for maybe the best improvisational playmaker in the game and not put the ball in his hands in that situation?

Posted by: kalorama | February 29, 2008 12:45 PM

The Celtics are officially the Patriots of the NBA (minus all the cheating). OK, OK, Doc Rivers is not Bill Bellicheck, but the way old veterans weasel the way out of their crappy teams onto the new hot team. See Junior Seau; Sam Cassell. And all these bandwagon fans are coming out of nowhere acting like they were always NE fans.

Posted by: Smith | February 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Kalorama, I did not see that Dallas/Spurs game, but I can tell you that Jason Kidd is a terrible shooter. That may explain why he was taken out of the game. Not saying I agree with that idea especially to put in a Devean George, but I think it's fairly easy to see why Kidd would be taken out. His nickname should be Jason "the brick" Kidd!

Posted by: Rob P | February 29, 2008 6:23 PM

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