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Brandon Bass
Brandon Bass
Position: F
Born: 04/30/85
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:240 lbs. / 108.9 kg.

Brandon Bass open to Boston return

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Celtics forward Brandon Bass’s agent, Tony Dutt, said there have been indications that numerous teams will have interest in the 10-year veteran when free agency begins after midnight Wednesday. Dutt added that Bass would be open to a return to the Celtics. “I think Brad [Stevens] and Danny [Ainge] understand the value of what Brandon brings,” Dutt told the Globe on Tuesday afternoon. “He loves Boston, and if it works out for him to stay there, we’d be more than happy.”
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Midseason additions such as Jae Crowder, Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome, along with veteran forward Brandon Bass, will be on the short list of Celtics hitting the free agent market. Ainge did not dismiss the possibility of bringing back any of them next season. “Rather than going individual by individual,” Ainge said when asked about his interest in the free agents, “I would just say that we like all of them to some degree. Some of it’s going to be dependent on numbers and roster spots and draft and trades and everything else. So you just can’t emphatically say anything about anybody, other than I can emphatically say that we will definitely qualify Jae Crowder, which I think is pretty obvious. But other than that, the unrestricted free agents, it’s uncertain. But we do like each one of them and would welcome any one of them back at the right price and in the right role.”
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Bass will become a free agent this summer and does not know where he will be playing basketball next season. “I don’t know what the future holds,” Bass said following the Celtics Game 4 elimination to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. “That’s up to (President of Basketball Operations) Danny (Ainge). But Boston’s been great to me over the last couple years, so it’ll be great for me to come back.”
And while his role in Boston has fluctuated seemingly every season, he told CSNNE.com that he would “definitely” be open to signing a new deal to stay in Boston. “If I’m wanted back then yeah, I would want to be back for sure,” said Bass who will earn $6.9 million this season. “It’s been a blessing for me to be here four years, to finish out my contract here. I’m excited about that. Hopefully everything will continue to go in a positive direction.”
In an interview with CSNNE.com prior to last week’s trade deadline, Ainge alluded to Bass’ future being beyond this season in Boston. “Brandon may be with us next year and the year after that as well,” Ainge said. “What I like about Brandon, he just … he’s never satisfied with his role. He goes about his job the same, every day. He’s a rare guy in that he’s getting better. I think he’s better right now than he’s ever been in his career. And I think his upside is still ahead of him.”
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He will be a free agent this summer and in all likelihood will have his share of playoff-caliber suitors interested. And while his role in Boston has fluctuated seemingly every season, he told CSNNE.com that he would “definitely” be open to signing a new deal to stay in Boston. “If I’m wanted back then yeah, I would want to be back for sure,” said Bass who will earn $6.9 million this season. “It’s been a blessing for me to be here four years, to finish out my contract here. I’m excited about that. Hopefully everything will continue to go in a positive direction.”
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“I don’t know anything about that, man,” Bass told MassLive.com. “I don’t even know what a buyout is. What is that?” The power forward might have been joking. He probably knows what a buyout is. Anyway, the reporter informed him of the concept. “Why would I want to take a contract hit to become a free agent?” Bass replied. “Man, listen, I would never want to take a contract hit to become a free agent.”
There isn’t too much fishing going on along the local coast these days, but, several miles inland, Danny Ainge is chumming the trade waters from the Celtics offices. As of last night, there have been, according to several league sources, no bites, or even much of a nibble. The rest of the NBA has yet to make an earnest move toward the most prominent Boston bait. Available veterans Tayshaun Prince, Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton are still of interest to a number of teams, but the Celts and those clubs have yet to engage in anything remotely resembling a substantive discussion.
The following players, per league sources, are also considered likely buyout candidates if they are not traded by the deadline: Andrea Bargnani (New York); Brandon Bass, Tayshaun Prince and Marcus Thornton (Boston); Andrei Kirilenko (Philadelphia); Willie Green (Orlando); Randy Foye and Darrell Arthur (Denver).

Not much of a market for Brandon Bass

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Teams have been talking about Brandon Bass since early in the season, but, so far, no one’s come close to offering anything to pry him away. “It’s crazy,” said one Western Conference source. “People have seen how well he’s played in Boston, but it’s as if they’ve backed off him because of how he played in Dallas or Orlando. I don’t get it. We don’t have a need for him right now, but whoever gets him is going to like what he can do, even if it’s just in limited minutes.”
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Surely, Bass must be looking around at the decimated Celtics roster and wondering, ‘What about me?’ Bass is having a good year and doing his usual thing—playing defense and knocking down midrange jumpers—while also slated to become a free agent this summer. He’s a perfect rental for a postseason aspirant. Still, interest in Bass has been slight to this point, though teams like Phoenix and Portland are possible destinations.
To this point, Danny Ainge has not received a deal enticing enough to give up the versatile forward, but it’s likely been hard for him to demand much value for a guy who doesn’t see the floor for more than 20 minutes a night on a rebuilding team. The good news for Ainge is that reality has changed for Bass in the last couple days. Olynyk’s latest injury has provided the Celtics and Bass with a valuable opportunity that will continue in the coming weeks: A chance for Bass to showcase his ability.