Today in Celtics history: Cassell traded, Pressey born

Today, February 17th, is the eighth anniversary of the trade which sent former Boston Celtics guard Sam Cassell to the Sacramento Kings.

Cassell, who was traded for a conditional second-round draft pick halfway through the 2008-09 season after winning a championship with Boston, never actually played for the Kings, having served as something of a coach for 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 career he was traded on this day, having been shipped to the (then) New Jersey Nets by the Dallas Mavericks.

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 Los Angeles Clippers.

Today is also the 26th birthday of former Celtics point guard Phil Pressey. 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. Phil would spend two full seasons with Boston, averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 assists in just under 14 minutes per game - quite impressive for such a small amount of time, but not enough to earn him a longer-term roster spot.

Pressey would play for the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns in the 2015-16 season, and the Golden State Warriors this season in between NBA D-League stints, and is currently with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's D-League affiliate.

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