Wizards will replace Sam Cassell with Roy Rogers as assistant

Wizards will replace Sam Cassell with Roy Rogers as assistant
August 6, 2014, 5:00 pm
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(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

The Wizards are on the verge of replacing assistant coach Sam Cassell, who was allowed out of his contract to join the Los Angeles Clippers, with Roy Rogers, CSNwashington.com confirmed from two persons with knowledge of the situation Wednesday.

Rogers met with Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

He'll be allowed out of his contract with the Brooklyn Nets, where he served as an assistant under Jason Kidd. Kidd left after one season to take the leading job with the Milwaukee Bucks this summer. Lionel Hollins was hired by Brooklyn and didn't have room on his bench for Rogers, though he was being allowed to work in the background while the franchise still paid him.

Rogers, a 6-9 forward who was a first-round draft pick of the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1996, started 50 games as a rookie. Rogers played for four NBA teams and in Poland professionally. 

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He's expected to take Cassell's place on the bench, with Don Newman remaining as the lead assistant to coach Randy Wittman. 

A couple of others who would've been interested in the job, but did not get interviews, CSN was told: Greg Buckner and Chris Whitney.

Buckner, who played 10 seasons in the NBA, coached with the Houston Rockets to could renew there but was a free agent. Whitney, who played 12 NBA seasons including with the Wizards, has a player development position with the Charlotte Hornets. Both were guards like Cassell.