This has been rumored for some time now and it’s been my hope that not only would the Celts get Cassell, but they’d also scoop his and KG’s buddy from Minnesota: the one and only Latrell Sprewell.
Remember those three took the T-Wolves to the Western Conference finals during KG’s MVP year of 2004. They sweat each other.
Sprewell hasn’t played in the NBA since 2005 when he turned his worst season as a pro in his last year with the Timberwolves. This, or course, was only a few months after Sprewell turned down a 3-year, $21 million extension to stay with Minny, uttering his famous quote “I have a family to feed.”
Well after Sprewell turned in career lows in points (12.8) and rebound (3.2) during 2004-05, no team was going to offer him anything closed to $7-mill per. He received a one-year offers for around $1 million, but his agent, Bob Gist, said Spree would rather retire than play for the NBA minimum salary, even telling SI that “Latrell doesn’t need the money that badly. To go from being offered $7 million to taking $1 million, that would be a slap in the face.”
Spree ended up spurning a few more offers to come back around the All-Star break for the mid-level exception (about $5 million), and ended up just not playing basketball anymore.
Why is any of this relevant now? Well, in case you missed it, Spree’s 70-foot yacht, the awesomely named “Milwaukee’s Best,” was just repossessed by the government after he defaulted on the $1.5 million mortgage.
My point being: he could use the money apparently. Don’t know why, he made tons while playing in the NBA and remember the Sprewell spinning rims? Pretty sure every athlete/rapper had to have those at one point.
The only question concerns whether he can still play. In December of 2006, KG, Troy Hudson and Trenton Hassell and Hudson told USA Today that “(Sprewell) looks like he could play 48 minutes right now.”
Hmmm…a Minnesota reunion?