Brandon Bass does not appear to be in the Boston Celtics future plans. The 29-year-old power forward has been a solid contributor for the Celtics, but with both Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger at the position, Bass has become expendable. According to a report by Grantland’s Zach Lowe on Tuesday, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has “tried like hell” to trade Bass.
So far, however, the Celtics have had trouble finding a taker for Bass. There was an apparent deal on the table involving the Golden State Warriors, but that deal fell through because the Warriors didn’t want to give up anything of value on their current roster. With Bass’ size, experience and ability to knock down jump shots, one would assume another contending team will eventually step to the table and make an offer for Bass.
Ainge will have to stay patient like he has been so far this offseason. In the meantime, Bass is very much aware of the trade rumors but remains focused on his own game. He told CSNNE.com, “All I can control is my play out on the floor. That’s all I’m worried about; that and helping my team win more games than we did last year.”
The 10-year NBA veteran was apart of a Celtics team that contended for an NBA championship and played well last season despite the team winning just 25 games. But with the direction the team is headed, Bass’ age is the main reason the team is looking to move him. He is also in the final year of the three-year, $19.35 million deal he signed in 2012.
Even with the rumblings of a potential trade, Brandon Bass is still content with being a member of the Boston Celtics. He likes what the team has done so far in improving the roster and appears to be very loyal to the green. He said, “I really like what we’ve been doing. I like the draft picks. Danny did a great job with the draft picks. I like where we’re headed.” Attitude wise, Bass can certainly help a young team in a rebuilding process. Making no deal could be just as valuable.