Bass Opts Out
An early indicator that Boston is going to blow up the team?
I read this on espn.com's insider this morning.
Celtics power forward Brandon Bass owns a $4.25 million player option for 2012-13 and he plans on declining it.
"Obviously, he would love to be back in Boston," agent Tony Dutt tells Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com. "We will inform them that he plans to become an unrestricted free agent, but my gut tells me they are going to want to keep him. And I'm sure he'll have several other teams interested."
Bass had a solid season with Celtics and he should draw plenty of interest from teams looking to bolster the power forward position. Bass says he would like to re-sign with the club.
"This group here was like family, for the first time in a long time. It felt like family," he said.
Bass has made about $4 million annually the last three years and Dutt feels like his client was underpaid, so you can bet he won't settle for a discount from the Celtics.
What are some potential landing spots for Brandon Bass? who is coming off his best pro season.
Nothing says family like turning down $4.25m
I think he signs back with the Celtics for 8 million or so. A 4year 32 million would be a solid deal for both.
Bass has his own family... Opting out of that 4.25 million for a longer deal definitely says family.
If he really likes Boston as it seems, its likely that he signs back. Most good teams aren't hurting for a power forward so I think he comes back.
I don't think any good teams are going to give him 8 million a season for 4 years. David West got 10 million a season for 2 years last year and he had already proved he could be a 20 and 10 guy which is not something Bass has done consistently.
The only playoff team I can see giving him a decent raise would be Atlanta. They could use a PF to play with Horford at the center and Smith at the SF..In all likelyhood Smith leaves next summer as well so he would be a good insurance policy.
In all fairness that was more of what the celtics should and this thread is more where Bass is going to go.
You gotta be kidding me no ones gonna offer bass 8 mil a year he's an undersized decent jumpshooter that's a below average rebounder and plays average defense at best
David west was overpaid because Indiana needed a veteran big he's never averaged 20 points or 10 rebounds a game in any year of his career
I know he literally was not a 20 and 10 guy but in the 6 year span he became a starter in NO that he averaged about 19 and 8...so he was pretty consistent and had many games of 20 and 10. I dont know if Bass can do that.
I do agree that West was overpaid as well however Bass is a veteran PF now that he is 27 and has never produced the way West did. Anything more than the MLE of 5.76 million for Bass is overpaying as far as I am concerned.
thats a risky move he's going. with their stronger tax in place as per the new CBA, i would be very hesitant on becoming a free agent the following off-season. honestly, im not sure how teams would be spending their money and precious cap space. yes, he may take advantage from an off-season without that many markee free agents, but more teams are aware of how much they should conserve their cap space with their young talents in rookie deals still. if they go around spending that money around and using precious cap space, when the time comes that may actually need it, they might pay dearly on signing more than average money to an average NBA player. thats not a knock on Bass, think he's a good role player with a nice mid-range shot, athletic and has size. but at the same time, he's not an intimidating defender or even regarded as above average, doesnt consistently grabs rebounds in the near double-digits and doesnt show the ability to consistently create offense. in fact, it might work against him the fact that his best season just happened to occur when he was playing beside arguably the best play-maker in the league right now.
the most i think bass could hope for is 7 million for one season, something simillar to what kwame brown got. and the main reason brown got that kind of deal was so that he could be usedas a trade asset in the deadline. the worst that could happen to him is what happend to stephen jackson early in his NBA career. won a championship as a starter, wanted to get paid, passed on the spurs' offer which he felt was being underpaid and had to settle for a much smaller deal with the hawks that he could opt out early. and if you'll be entering free agency anyway after next season, why take the risk of making less when you're already making decent. and honestly, i dont see bass as someone worth a team's full MLE.
4 years 24 million is his value, but he'll get somthing along the lines of 4 years 28 million, or 3 years 20 million, somthign closer to the 7 million per year mark, that's a bit much for Bass, but that's what he'll get.
I hope he doesn't sign either with the Knicks or Heats. I hate how they have gotten everyone.
honest question though, which team do you see paying him the money he wants for what he brings on the table? cause honestly, i see bass a player who can help a contending team with depth, not be one of their main men, and with those kinds of players, i dont see him getting the money his agent thinks he's worth.
what about LA clippers? they could badly use some frontcourt offense
It appears most posters believe Bass to be worth between 5 and as high as 8 mil per on his next contract. Bass's agent felt he's been under paid these last few years and I tend to agree.
What I find more interesting is Bass was just traded from Orlando for Big Baby Davis... a player I loath not only for his attitude but because of his pathetic work ethic and playing style.
Most posters seem to think that was a fair deal but could any of you see Glen Davis getting offered between 5 and as high as 8 mil per?
Orl had 2 awesome contracts in Bass and Gortat that they signed to extensions in the same offseason a few years back. They've rid themselves of both players the last 2 years and have nothing to show for it.
NJ and Orl appear to have 2 of the worst GM's in the league right now.
Of the Clippers power forwards and centers, only 3 on the team averaged more than 3.2 ppg...
The Clips could badly use front court players who can hit free throws above 50%. Evans, Kmart, Jordan are all awful and Griffin shoots 65% on a good day. You need a frontline to close out games but its scary watching a close game come down to free throws amongst those dudes.
yes, the clipps could use bass but they wouldnt pay him the money he wants for a bench role backing up their best front court player. im really wondering if there is such a destination for him that he can get the money he wants and a team willing to hand it to him.
The Lakers would love to have him, too bad they wouldn't have the money