Brandon Bass turned out to be a great addition to the Celtics in exchange for Glen Davis this past season… but his post season contribution can be accurately described as “spotty.” So while we all know that Bass can be a pretty good contributor to the Celtics, there are flaws that he has. Some say a sign-and-trade with him is a good idea. But, considering the talks between the Celtics and his reps today, it’s looking more like Bass will return to the Celtics next season.
“We had a great conversation and we’ll continue to talk,” said Dutt. “Everything was very positive.”
Dutt said that six other NBA teams have expressed interest in his client, who at the age of 27 is entering the prime of his career. It helps that he excelled during the Celtics’ recent playoff run. He will be in demand, likely for more than mid-level (approximately $6 million) money.
“We understand that they care about him, but we have to look at all of our options,” said Dutt. “It’s our job to look at everything and make good decisions.”
I, for one, am all for a Bass return. If he’s open to a multi-year-deal at the right price (say… 3 years, $18 -$20 million)… I think he can continue to be productive for Boston.
As for his playoff performance… it’s possible a team keying on him can be disruptive to his game, thus rendering a key piece to the Celtics puzzle ineffective. It’s also possible that this learning experience, plus the tutelage of Doc Rivers and the Celtics veterans, could change that this upcoming postseason.
Stay tuned. If I had to guess… Brandon Bass will be back in the Celtics fold soon.