Pacific Notes: Cassell, Kings, Lakers, Warriors

While Tyronn Lue has gotten a ton of head coaching buzz this summer, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers believes another one of his assistants, Sam Cassell, also deserves consideration, observing this week that Cassell has a high basketball IQ and his paid his dues, tweets Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.

“Sam Cassell should be a head coach, period,” Rivers said.

Cassell hasn’t been linked to any current coaching openings, but perhaps Rivers’ endorsement will inspire teams to take a closer look at his potential candidacy.

Here’s more from around the Pacific:

  • Trajan Langdon has already withdrawn from consideration for the Kings‘ head of basketball operations job and there’s an expectation that a second candidate will likely pull out soon too, a source tells Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. Sachin Gupta, Adam Simon, Calvin Booth, Monte McNair, and Wes Wilcox are the other execs who have been linked to the job, with interviews set to begin next week, per Anderson.
  • The Lakers didn’t end up forming a “Big Three” last offseason after acquiring Anthony Davis to join LeBron James, but head coach Frank Vogel said after Thursday’s Game 4 win over Houston that the team’s defense is its de facto “third star,” as Dave McMenamin of ESPN relays. “That’s as powerful a weapon there is in one of these playoff runs. It’s as powerful as a superstar,” Vogel said. “If you have an elite defense, that can be your third star, so to speak.”
  • NBC Sports’ Tom Haberstroh is skeptical that the Warriors have a chance to acquire Marcus Smart in an offseason trade, but points to Kris Dunn as another defensive-minded guard who could be of interest to Golden State on the free agent market. Grant Liffmann of NBC Sports Bay Area has the details.
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11 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Cassell, Kings, Lakers, Warriors

  1. I give no fox

    Way to go out on a limb and be skeptical about the Warriors chances of acquiring a guy who is balling out of his mind right now. I’m skeptical about my Sixers chances of acquiring Giannis. Hook me up with a job NBC! It’s pretty obvious that if the Celts are going to cut costs on the wing, the list starts with gordon Hayward

    • Sillivan

      It needs a First to Shed 10 million salary for Hayward
      Only 9 teams can help

      • I give no fox

        The Celtics have a plethora of draft picks to entice an under the cap team to take on one year of Hayward.

        • mcmillankmm

          Those picks don’t have much value this year….I was assuming we would use the #30 pick to try and offload Kanter or Poirier

          • Marvel's MAGA Man

            Sure it does. To get a get a first for taking on a 1 year rental you can flip again for more draft capital most rebuilding teams would bite at that chance.

            1 year of Hayward?

            Celtics can send him and #26 to the Knicks.

            They need a big name and could use the extra 1st.

            If hes having a good year they can ship him out for a 1st like they did Morris this past year.

        • x%sure

          For Hayward and the Memphis pick, Cavs could send Drummond!— a much better option than Rbt Williams or whoever they can draft there. RW was getting abt 16 mpg vs Toronto but they lost twice so no more. If Boston loses this series something needs to change since only Lowry is playing well for them.

  2. KnickerbockerAl

    Celtics not giving up Smart. Still say their biggest need is a stretch 4. Or just a solid 4. Cause they can go small ball with him too. Like Horford did. Celtics have 3 #1 picks. So they could move up some. If they really like someone. Like Achiuwa or Okongwu. although Okongwu might be tougher to get. I was them I would definitely go for Achiuwa. He’s predicted to go on most boards at 10 or higher. Celts first pick is at 14. Wouldn’t take much to move up 2-3 spots.

    Always Liked Sam Cassell. He was a smart player. All PGs are really coaches lol. He should get a chance.

  3. Ialreadyhadsteveijustupdatedmypicbeenheresince08gimmemynameback

    Been advocating for Sam Cassel get a HC shot for a while now. That or a lead front office position

    • Chief Two Hands

      He was great opposite Dennis Quaid in Enemy Mine back in the day.

  4. El Don

    Only problem with Cassell is that he has been an AC for a while, he is gotten institutionalized so to speak!
    I did love Cassell as a player, talk about swagger man!
    He would indeed make a great HC, doubt he will ever get the chance!
    BTW Doc’s endorsement if anything will put off teams, not motivate them!

    • x%sure

      I’ll take lines 2 & 4! He always has that shocked look. Probably will be an asset as HC. He could be daydreaming behind those rims and nobody would know!

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