HoopsHype Brandon Bass rumors

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

Brandon Bass has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal that is also being held up until the signing date. That gives Boston back its third-leading scorer, a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 12.5 points in his first season with the Celtics. Terry, who is one of the league's top 3-point shooters, would not keep the Celtics from bringing back Ray Allen. The 36-year-old Allen has also met with the Miami Heat, but salary cap rules allow Boston to offer him more money. "We really want Ray to come back," Ainge said this week. "Time will tell." Boston Globe

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Bass, according to agent Tony Dutt, is talking to six other teams. And Allen, whose other major suitors include Miami and Memphis, appears to be taking a very deliberate approach to his next contract. Boston Herald

July 2, 2012 Updates

Agent Tony Dutt talked to Celtics in the midst of a busy day. Dutt said six other teams also called, meaning that Bass’ price is on a sharp climb. It may ultimately be more than the Celtics want to pay, considering the number of players they have to cram into a $20 million hole. If they have to let a player go, perhaps via a sign-and-trade deal, Bass could be that guy. Boston Herald

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Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Thursday his hope is to reload the team for another run at the title. The Celtics have four unrestricted free agents - Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, and Mickael Pietrus - that Ainge said he would like to re-sign for next season. The key piece, of course, is Garnett, who has yet to decide if he even wants to play next season. Boston Globe

June 20, 2012 Updates

Ainge admitted that renouncing Garnett -- or any of Boston's big-name free agents like Allen, Brandon Bass, or Jeff Green -- is unlikely. Ainge hinted that re-signing the team's own free agents, particularly with a slim pool of available bodies on the open market, might be the team's best approach this offseason. ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

While there has been considerable speculation as to what Bass will do this summer, his agent tells CSNNE.com that the 6-foot-8 forward plans to not opt-in to the final year of his contract, and thus test the free agent waters. CSNNE.com

However, all indications are that Bass is hoping to return to the Celtics with a multi-year deal. "Oh absolutely," his agent Tony Dutt said when asked if Boston was his client's first choice. "Without question, he would love to go back." The decision to not pick up the final year of his contract, worth $4.25 million, is driven by Bass' desire to sign a long-term deal with the C's. CSNNE.com

Chris Forsberg: Interesting note from agent Tony Dutt: Bass took less cash to play in Orlando; might consider same for Boston (needs fair-value contract) Twitter

Chris Forsberg: Dutt: "Obviously, he'd love to be back in Boston... my gut tells me they are going to want to keep him." Twitter

June 11, 2012 Updates

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