A Baltimore Sun report today casually mentioned something that seemed like far from a foregone conclusion when the season ended: Sam Cassell could be coming back to the Celtics for one more season.
Cassell told the Sun yesterday that he plans to become an assistant coach with the Celtics after playing one more season in Boston. Cassell, 38, told a Sun reporter about his plans shortly before speaking at a Baltimore news conference where a city block will be renamed in his honor.
“This is my last year playing with the Celtics,” Cassell told the Sun. “Next week, I’ll sign the contract.”
After finishing the 2008-09 season, the point guard plans to exercise an option to join the coaching staff, according to the report. A Celtics spokesman declined comment to the Sun on the report.
Brought in as a veteran backup to Rajon Rondo, Cassell played his way out of Doc Rivers’ rotation during the playoffs. He played in just four games during the conference finals against Detroit and five games against the Lakers, averaging around 10 minutes per game. Cassell averaged 4.5 points per game during the playoffs, shooting 33 percent from the field and 21 percent from the three-point line.