Report: Wizards interview former assistant Sam Cassell


The Washington Wizards reportedly interviewed Sixers assistant Sam Cassell on Tuesday, according to The Athletic's Fred Katz

Cassell spent five seasons from 2009-2014 as a Wizards assistant during the Flip Saunders and Randy Wittman eras. He then joined Doc Rivers' staff with the LA Clippers before going with him to Philadelphia when Daryl Morey hired Rivers to replace Brett Brown. 

John Wall credited Cassell for being huge on his development as the No. 1 pick in 2010 and has the respect of the stars around the league and coaching peers. An unofficial assistant to Rivers in Boston when the Celtics won the 2008 championship with him as an active player, who didn't play in any games, Cassell was also influential in getting Paul Pierce to sign with the Wizards back in 2014. 

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While Cassell was influential in helping Wall become one of the premier point guards in the NBA, his expected positive impact on Philadelphia's Ben Simmons never came to a fruition before ultimately coming to a crashing halt in the Sixers' Eastern Conference Semifinals upset loss in seven games to Atlanta. 

Still, much of that blame will be heaped on Simmons' shoulders as it's long been speculated that Cassell, who has had interviews for head coaching interviews the last couple offseason, is ready to make the transition to becoming a head coach. 

Whether he makes that leap by coming back to the nation's capital remains to be seen. The Wizards have already interviewed Celtics assistant Scott Morrison and requested to interview Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley. As Marc Stein reported, general manager Tommy Sheppard is concentrating his efforts on current assistants.