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Source: Sixers adding former Clips assistant coach Cassell

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The Sixers are expected to add Sam Cassell to head coach Doc Rivers' coaching staff, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

Cassell, 50, has spent the last decade as an assistant coach in the league. He spent six years as an assistant coach in Los Angeles under Rivers, after spending five years as an assistant with the Wizards.

Cassell, a first-round pick in 1993, played in the NBA from 1993 to 2009 across eight different teams, winning three NBA championships and earning an All-Star nod in 2004.

Cassell was long rumored to be one of the leading candidates for the Clippers' head coaching job after Rivers parted ways with Los Angeles. The Clippers hired fellow former Clippers assistant Ty Lue as their next head coach instead of Cassell. Cassell was also rumored as a candidate for the Rockets' head coaching job, but after Lue's hiring by Los Angeles, Cassell was expected to join Rivers' staff here in Philadelphia.

Casell is regarded around the league as one of the top assistants, and a potential head coach-in-waiting.

Cassell joins a rather impressive bench of assistant coaches behind Rivers. The Sixers hired former Grizzlies and Kings head coach Dave Joerger earlier this month, and they are reportedly adding former Pacers assistant coach Dan Burke, who brings decades of experience as an assistant coach and defensive specialist.

These moves all come with the organization expected to hire former Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to run its basketball operations in tandem with general manager Elton Brand.

After a frustrating 2019-20 season, Sixers ownership has undertaken quite a revamp and made some dramatic (and impressive) moves to put this team back on a championship course.

 

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