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Cassell Back On IL--For Bucks

Newly acquired point guard Sam Cassell was placed on the injured list by the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday, one day after aggravating an ankle injury during his first appearance for the team.

The Bucks activated forward Scott Williams from the injured list to take Cassell's roster spot.

The Bucks had acquired Cassell from the New Jersey Nets as part of a three-team trade March 11 that also sent point guard Terrell Brandon from the Bucks to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cassell, sidelined with an ankle injury before the trade, made his first appearance for the Bucks in Sunday's game against Charlotte.

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Welcomed with a standing ovation from Milwaukee fans, he scored 13 points before going up for a rebound and coming down on the foot of the Hornets' Chucky Brown with about three minutes to play.

Cassell fell to the floor in pain, having aggravated the severe sprain of his right ankle. Teammate Robert Traylor eventually carried him to the locker room.

The Bucks said X-rays of Cassell's ankle Monday proved negative and the ankle was placed in a cast "to quiet the joint."

The injury is to be reevaluated in 10 to 14 days.

Williams was acquired from Philadelphia in another trade March 11. He had been placed on the injured list at that time with stress fractures in both legs.

Williams was scheduled to be in uniform Monday night for the game with the Detroit Pistons.

Haywoode Workman, signed to a 10-day contract March 17, has been filling in at point guard along with reserve Vinny Del Negro in Cassell's absence.

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