Just a few days ago, Wizards assistant Sam Cassell talked to Paul Pierce and talked up the idea of the free agent and future Hall of Famer joining the Wizards.
On Saturday night, Washington's summer league coach managed the ups and down of the eventual triple-overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs. Having advanced to the summer league semifinals, the Wizards will remain in Las Vegas for another day or two.
One report earlier on Saturday brought into question how much longer Cassell will be with the Wizards.
Clippers working on arrangement w/ Wizards to hire Sam Cassell for Doc Rivers' coaching staff, but no deal in place yet, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 19, 2014
Though Doc Rivers remains the Clippers' head coach, there are a few available jobs in his staff. Former assistants Tyronn Lue and Alvin Gentry left Los Angeles to take associate head coaching gigs with Cleveland and Golden State respectively. Another assistant, Kevin Eastman, moved from the sideline to the Clippers' front office.
Mike Woodson, head coach for the Knicks last season, joined the Clippers as an assistant earlier this month.
Cassell's final season as a player was with the Rivers-coached Boston Celtics squad that won the NBA championship in 2008. The following year Cassell joined Washington as an assistant to then head coach Flip Saunders.
Mark Deeks from ShamSports.com has details on how a trade for a coach works:
a) As long as they accord with all other trade rules (e.g. Stepien rule, cash limits), draft picks and cash are allowed to be traded in this way.
b) Players and draft rights to players are not.
c) The two teams involved in such a trade cannot make another trade between themselves for the earlier of (i) one calendar year of the day the non-playing member of personnel was released from the original contract, or (ii) if the release took place in between two regular seasons, after the final game (including playoffs) of the upcoming seaaon for both teams. This includes, and indeed is primarily about, trades of players.
The Wizards already lost one assistant this summer with Ryan Saunders joining his father Flip in Minnesota.