This is as surprising as Chuck ordering another beer…
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.
However, all indications are that Bass is hoping to return to the Celtics with a multi-year deal.
There was absolutely zero chance Bass was going to exercise his $4.25 million dollar option. He earned a raise this past season. The only question is how big a raise.
My guess is the bidding will begin at the $6.4 million Glen Davis is owed next season. Some teams might decide to go as high as $8 million.
In figuring out what other options there might be out there besides Bass, the name Kris Humphries keeps popping up. He’s a really good rebounder that would fill a huge void with the C’s. He’s a strong power forward who has averaged more than 10 boards a year the past two years, but his mid-range game is no where near what Bass’ is. And he made $8 million last year and might be looking for a raise himself.
My guess is the C’s get Bass in for a Big Baby type of deal over 3 or 4 years… but you never know with free agency.