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Report: Clippers nab Sam Cassell from Wizards


Doc Rivers already hired former Knicks coach Mike Woodson to join the Clippers’ coaching staff, and Lawrence Frank and Larry Drew also came up as possible additions.

With Alvin Gentry (Warriors) and Tyronn Lue (Cavaliers) departing, Rivers had two vacancies to fill.

But rather than settling on a former head coach like Frank or Drew, Rivers succeeded in his bid to pry Sam Cassell off the Wizards’ bench.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Cassell, a former point guard, earned rave reviews for helping John Wall develop, but Chris Paul doesn’t require that kind of personal attention. In Los Angeles, Cassell can spread his wings and establish himself as an all-around coach – key for one day becoming a head coach.

The Wizards might not get a draft pick in return, but they’ll gain credibility among future assistant-coaching candidates. By letting Cassell leave, Washington establishes itself as a franchise that won’t stand in the way of its employees’ personal development.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.