The Washington Times - April 28, 2011, 03:43PM

Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell will interview for the vacant head coaching job with the Houston Rockets sometime next week, according to reports from Fox Sports in Houston.

Cassell, a Baltimore native, played in the NBA for 15 seasons, and was drafted by the Rockets in the first round with the 24th overall pick in 1993. An all-star in 2004, Cassell was a part of three NBA Championship teams, the Rockets in 1994 and 95, and the Boston Celtics in 2008.


During his career, Cassell, a former point guard, played for the rockets, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and L.A. Clippers.

Cassell joined the Wizards as an assistant coach two seasons ago, his first coaching job since retiring from the NBA after the 2008 season.

Cassell is among numerous candidates for the position, which became vacant when former coach Rick Adelman and the team decided by reported “mutual agreement” that Adelman would not return.

Other candidates said to be in contention for the job are current Rockets assistant coach Jack Sikma, former Rockets player Mario Elie, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, and former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson.