HoopsHype Brandon Bass rumors

October 30, 2013 Updates
October 1, 2013 Updates

Brandon Bass is learning how to swim at the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. Bass, who grew up in Baton Rouge, did not learn how to swim as a child. Neither did anyone else in his family. Now Bass is learning so he can feel safe with his son, Brandon Jr., who loves to swim. In 2009, Bass bought a vacation home on a lake that has a pool. Bass is taking lessons with 10 kids and helping promote a swimming program for inner-city youth. That is where this amazing photograph came from. The Big Lead

September 10, 2013 Updates

Kevin Garnett: "I think Boston's going to be fine. That team has always been proven, they always succeed, always push the envelope when it comes to winning, and they have good pieces up there -- Jeff Green, Rajon (Rondo), Brandon Bass, guys up there that's really hard-working guys, that will come in and compete every night, are going to put forth a valid effort. So they're not going to be shabby, not at all." Booth Newspapers

August 16, 2013 Updates
July 11, 2013 Updates

All that said, Bass might be one of the odd men out. He’s under contract to make about $6.5 million next season and $6.9 million the season after. With the Celtics pinching pennies this offseason, Bass easily could be a salary cap casualty, though it likely would require that the Celtics find a trading partner willing to accept his deal. Which likely won’t be an easy proposition for the Celtics. Knowing all these truths doesn’t seem to have Bass worried — at least not outwardly. He said he doesn’t sit and think about what moves the Celtics should make, either. “I got kids, man,” he said. “If I had to think about that . . . Man, they don’t pay me enough to do all that. I just gotta play basketball. “If I got a raise, I’ll start thinking about who we should bring in. I’ll start thinking like Kobe Bryant and all these guys, that ‘The GM needs to talk to me first.’ Boston Globe

The Celtics’ future is uncertain, and so the same is true for Bass. He could be gone in the weeks or months ahead, if only because he is simply too expensive to keep. But, for now, Bass likes to say that he doesn’t concern himself with that which he cannot control. His relaxed Southern mien belies any unease. As he said, he can only be the best Brandon Bass that he can be, wherever that may be, Boston or destinations unknown. Boston Globe

June 1, 2013 Updates

Alagappan likes to open with a parable about medicine, noting that almost two thousand years ago the Roman physician Galen theorized that all illnesses could be classified under one of four bodily fluids. As science evolved, doctors grew to understand that diseases and their cures were much more complex. And so it is now with basketball, Alagappan says, arguing that the oversimplified constructs of point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center should be replaced by a more sophisticated list of positions as varied as "low-usage ball-handlers," like Trevor Ariza and Courtney Lee, to "mid-range big men" like Brandon Bass and Glenn Davis. San Jose Mercury-News

May 7, 2013 Updates

Williams-Webb’s client list includes the N.B.A. players Rudy Gay and Brandon Bass and the N.F.L. player Donte Whitner and the former player James Hardy. She spends her days shopping, meeting with designers and hunting for extra-long pants and size 14 shoes. It is all a long way from her years working in retail in Midtown Manhattan. New York Times

February 26, 2013 Updates
February 16, 2013 Updates

I’ve heard for a few weeks now that Boston is salivating over Atlanta forward Josh Smith and would be receptive to unloading Brandon Bass and Jeff Green to obtain him. It’s no secret Brooklyn wouldn’t mind Smith, either. The Nets, some league officials insist, apparently are offering forward Kris Humphries and swingman MarShon Brooks. Racine Journal-Times

February 2, 2013 Updates

There's a rising expectation among some of Ainge's peers that Boston will instead try to move out at least one member of the Brandon Bass/Jason Terry/Courtney Lee trio before the deadline to make getting under the luxury-tax threshold his February focus. ESPN.com

January 22, 2013 Updates

The Celtic chips most teams are talking about are guards Courtney Lee ($5 million), forward Jeff Green ($8.35 million) and forward Brandon Bass ($6 million). None of them are overly impressive in a trade on their own; however, any combination of them could get a salary high enough for a more significant deal. The problem is the reason the Celtics want to move them is they have been underwhelming this season and that’s really driven down their trade value. HoopsWorld

October 19, 2012 Updates

Bass suffered a bruised right knee during the first half and did not return. His injury isn't believed to be serious, and he is expected to play Saturday against the New York Knicks. He sat out more than two weeks (and six total games) last February while battling right knee inflammation. "Knee again," Rivers said after the game. "I don't know if it's bad, but we just didn't take any chances." Pierce twisted his left ankle after landing awkwardly on Gerald Wallace's foot after a made 3-pointer midway through the second quarter. He went to the locker room to get retaped and returned for the second half. "Paul tweaked his ankle, or he thought we were going to practice (on Friday)," Rivers said jokingly. "It's one of the two. I'm not sure yet. We'll find out. I think he tweaked his ankle, but I am suspicious." ESPN.com

October 16, 2012 Updates

“This year I just want to be a better rebounder, that’s all,” said Bass, who averaged a career-high 6.2 boards in 59 games last season. “And as far as everything else that I worked on this summer, it’s only going to get shown when I get more opportunities. We’ve got a lot of good players here so all the things I worked on will only show with more opportunities.” Boston Globe

“I want to [take opponents in the post] but Doc would rather me just pick-and-pop but I want to,” Bass said. “That’s part of my game that I’ve always been good at over the years. But I think Doc just wants me to be a pick-and-pop because we already have the guys who do enough isos here, so I guess he don’t want me to be the third or the fourth guy to have the offense stagnant.” Boston Globe

October 12, 2012 Updates
July 15, 2012 Updates

Brandon Bass agreed to a contract Friday and finalized the deal the next day. “I felt I had a good first season,” Bass said of his debut with the Celtics. “As a person, I want to improve every aspect of my life on and off court. Watching great players see how hard they work and improve, that’s how I want to improve. I’m 27 and some of my cousins say I’m getting old, but I still think I’m pretty young. And I’ve got big dreams. I want to make an imprint on a team and organization and this is the perfect team. “I had the offers out but I knew where I wanted to be, that’s back here in a green jersey playing for the Celtics.” Boston Globe

July 14, 2012 Updates

The Boston Celtics formally re-signed Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, and Chris Wilcox on Saturday, while deals with Jeff Green and Jason Terry will soon be completed. Bass, Wilcox, Green, and Terry all trekked to the Celtics' practice facility Saturday to be introduced alongside Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge and team owner Steve Pagliuca. The team has intentionally not finalized deals with Green and Terry in order to allow Ainge flexibility to further maneuver this offseason, though handshake agreements are in place and those players will be in a Boston uniform next season. ESPN.com

July 5, 2012 Updates

Bass opted out of the $4.25 million final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent, and he sifted through the advances from around the NBA. “We had interest from some other teams, but Boston is where I wanted to be at the end of the day, so that’s where I’m at,” he said. Boston Herald

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