Washington Wizards assistant coach, Sam Cassell, has decided to leave the nation’s capital to join Doc Rivers‘ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. Instead of getting compensation back for Cassell, Washington allowed Cassell out of his contract to join the Clippers, which typically happens when assistants move on.
With that said, they needed to find a replacement for Cassell before the start of training camp. Well, it looks like they found one today.
Washington finalizing a deal to hire Roy Rogers as an assistant coach, league sources tell Yahoo. He spent past season with Brooklyn.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 6, 2014
Roy Rogers averaged just 4.8 points per game during his NBA career, but seems to have had some success in coaching. Roy Rogers spent time coaching in the NBA Developmental League, the New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics. He was a part of Jason Kidd‘s coaching staff this past season with the Brooklyn Nets. Oh, and he was an assistant to Paul Pierce last season in Brooklyn. Sam Cassell reportedly helped bring Pierce to Washington, so is it a coincidence that they’re hiring Roy Rogers, who’s familiar with him? Maybe, maybe not.
I thought that the Washington Wizards would look to hire a former guard as an assistant in order to help develop John Wall and Bradley Beal, something Cassell has gotten credit for, but it looks like they just wanted to get the best fit. Although Roy Rogers was a power forward during his playing days, he does have coaching experience and he’ll probably be a good fit.
Welcome to the Washington Wizards, Roy Rogers.