HoopsHype Brandon Bass rumors


December 18, 2013 Updates

The Boston Celtics have gained traction in trade talks to acquire Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The talks have centered on a package including forward Brandon Bass, guard Courtney Lee and a first-round pick, sources said. It's unclear if Lee will go to the Rockets or be routed to a third team. Rockets center Dwight Howard and Bass played together on Orlando's frontline, but sources insist Howard was never enamored with the partnership. Yahoo! Sports

December 15, 2013 Updates

The advice offered us Sunday was stern: Keep an eye on Boston. The Celtics possess two players in different salary ranges that would presumably fit in useful ways next to Dwight Howard: Jeff Green and Brandon Bass. The Celts also have a spare first-round draft pick or two to plug into any trade equation to sweeten the deal for Houston, amid rising suspicions around the league that Morey’s Rockets are going to find a way to come out of the Asik saga with at least one future first. The same Rockets who happen to have a GM (Morey) and coach (Kevin McHale) who have longstanding relationships with Celts president Danny Ainge. So, yes, I’d say you should keep an eye on Boston. ESPN.com

December 13, 2013 Updates

“You know what I realized? A great coach anywhere is a great coach everywhere,” Bass said. “That’s on all levels of basketball. If you’re great, you’re great. I just think you have to have humility, like he always preaches. When you go to different levels, you adjust and you act like a sponge. You absorb different things, and the quicker the better. It’s early, but I love what I see. And I think the rest of the league is seeing it, and they appreciate what coach is doing here. For sure, I would say he’s easy to play for. But he definitely demands your best every day. That’s a guy you want to play for.” Boston Herald

November 12, 2013 Updates

Luckily for Stevens, he's a better coach than shooter and his players continue to rave about what he's done in getting Boston on track after an 0-4 start. Riding a four-game winning streak now to get back to .500, his charges shoveled much of the credit to him for giving the team a fighting chance in every game this season. "There’s something special about that guy [Brad Stevens], man," marveled Brandon Bass. "He’s a rookie coach, but he’s very knowledgeable and he’s picking up things pretty fast." ESPN.com

November 8, 2013 Updates

Bass is allowing a minuscule 0.528 points per play (28 points on 53 possessions), according to individual defensive data logged by Synergy Sports. Consider this: Of players with more than 40 possessions defended entering Thursday's action, Bass ranked first in the NBA at that mark (out of 120 qualifiers). What's more, opponents are scoring on a mere 22.6 percent of total possessions again him, the best mark in the league by nearly 3 percent. For comparison's sake, it's worth noting how Bradley was among the NBA leaders last season, allowing 0.697 points per possession and with opponents scoring just 31.8 percent of the time against him during the 2012-13 campaign. Bass' initial numbers will undoubtedly rise, but it's an encouraging early-season glimpse. ESPN.com

What's more encouraging is the team's defensive performance when Bass is on the floor. The Celtics own a defensive rating of 95 points per 100 possessions with Bass on the court. That's 4.1 points less than the team's season average, and that number skyrockets to 106.3 when Bass is on the bench. Bass hasn't been perfect, but when you consider some of the frontcourt talent that Boston has encountered early in the year, and the fact that he has often shared the floor with rookie centers in Vitor Faverani and Kelly Olynyk, it only makes what he's doing all the more impressive. Maybe even surprising. Well, to everyone but Bradley. "I could sense it the first day of training camp," said Bradley. "He was a [returning veteran], but not only that, he wanted to be the leader, more than anything." ESPN.com

October 30, 2013 Updates

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