Sam Cassell traded to Kings; Phil Pressey born

On this day in Boston Celtics history, former Celtics veteran guard Sam Cassell was traded to the Sacramento Kings in 2009. Cassell was traded to the Kings for a conditional second-round draft pick halfway through the 2008-09 season after winning a championship with Boston, and never actually played for Sacramento.

Instead, the Florida State product served as something of an assistant for the team’s head coach Doc Rivers before the trade while not playing any games despite being listed as an active player. It was, oddly enough, the second time in his pro career that he was traded on this day.

Cassell had previously been shipped to the (then) New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets by the Dallas Mavericks.

Boston Celtics’ Sam Cassell (28) drives around New York Knicks’ Mardy Collins during the fourth quarter of their basketball game, Monday, April 14, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Celtics defeated the Knicks 99-93. (AP Photo/Ed Betz)

Cassell, perhaps as much known for his celebratory dance as much as the titles with Boston and the Houston Rockets, averaged 7.6 points and 2.1 assists in his time in green.

He is currently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers, back working with Doc Rivers, their head coach.

Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22) dribbles the ball as Celtics guards Phil Pressey (26) and Avery Bradley (0) defend during the first quarter. Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Today is also the birthday of former Celtics point guard Phil Pressey, born this day in 1991 in Dallas Texas.

Going undrafted after declaring for the 2013 NBA draft, Pressey played his way onto the Celtics roster after a strong showing in that summer’s Orlando Summer League, no doubt aided by the fact that his father, Paul Pressey, was a former assistant coach for the club.

Celtics guard Phil Pressey (26) takes a shot against Milwaukee Bucks guard Tyler Ennis (11) in the third quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

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Phil would spend two full seasons with Boston, averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 assists in just under 14 minutes per game.

That’s impressive for such a small amount of time but was not enough to earn him a longer-term roster spot.

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