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LA Clippers waive injured Cassell

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The struggling Los Angeles Clippers waived injury-prone point guard Sam Cassell on Thursday, paving the way for a move to the Boston Celtics.

Cassell, 38, has missed four successive games because of a sprained right wrist after being sidelined for 12 games due to a strained left calf.

He has averaged 12.8 points, 4.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 25.7 minutes in 38 games in the 2007-08 campaign.

“After weighing all of the options and after conversations with Sam, we believe this is the best solution for this team,” Clippers vice-president of basketball operations Elgin Baylor said in a statement.

“We know and appreciate the many contributions Sam made during the last three years, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

The 2005-06 season was Cassell’s best for the Clippers. He averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 assists while helping the team to within one game of the 2006 Western Conference finals.

The Clippers prop up the Pacific division standings in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 19-36.

Writing by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Ed Osmond