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Celtics can’t get anything of value for Brandon Bass

Chuck - Red's Army August 5, 2014 Brandon Bass, Celtics News, Rumors 23 Comments

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This just in: the Celtics are still trying to move Brandon Bass. In a new story about the diminishing value of the true power forward, Grantland’s Zach Lowe offers a few nuggets about the Celtics lack of return in any deal for Bass:

The league might be fetishisizing the 3-point shot, especially among big men, at the expense of other skills. The Celtics have tried like hell, but they can’t get anything of value on the trade market for Brandon Bass and his $6.9 million expiring contract.

Bass will take a pay cut, and probably a severe one, when he hits free agency next summer. The market for David Lee in two years will be fascinating. Amir Johnson will earn $7 million this season in the last year of his contract, and there’s a very good chance Toronto or some other team will get a steal on Johnson’s next deal.

Danny Ainge is probably holding out hope that he can move Bass at the deadline to a contending team with a pressing need.

It looks like the Celtics will be in tanking rebuilding mode for another season. Don’t we think it’s best for Ainge to strip the cupboard bare of veterans like Bass and Jeff Green so they can 1) maximize playing time for the youngsters and 2) maximize their position in the draft lottery?

Never mind. I don’t want to rehash the merits of tanking discussion again.

(h/t MassLive)

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  • Curt Hays

    All I have to say is that if we must tank, may we tank, tank, tank all the way home.

    Doing it half way like last season just didn’t seem worth it.

    I hate losing. And just for everyone’s unsolicited information, I am a Texas Rangers fan and a Cowboys supporter, so basketball season was going to be my escape this year. Tanking sucks.

    • disqus_mjP1eNT2Nf

      Agree. We had every excuse to tank in style last season,a rookie coach, Rondo’s injury, Green, Bradley and Sullinger recovering from injury or surgery,an influx of new players,the departure of Pierce and Garnett.Whats our excuse this year. Look at what landing Wiggins has led to for Cleveland .Picks in the 6 to 10 range aren’t going to cut it. I think if we don’t get a break in the lottery this is going to be a very long rebuild.
      Even with all the cap space coming our way and the money at our disposal most of the game changers are already signed up ,or headed somewhere other than Boston ,what are the chances of Kevin Durant playing for the Celtics ?

      • bill_nair

        Cleveland won more games than us and got Wiggins. The draft is a crap shoot.

        • dontevertreadonme

          correction: the draft is undoubtably rigged

  • adam

    Bass is a good consistent player. A contending team should want him. But the only thing we can get in return are high draft picks, unwanted garbage of theirs, and or trade exceptions.

  • Wootay

    You dont think the Celtics can have a crazy run this year similar to the Suns of Last year!!!

    • Curt Hays

      We always believe they can. Think they can…that’s a different story.

      • BillRussell

        that the thing that is interesting. Because as constituted right now in the weak east we could potentially be 7th 8th seed- which could hurt us right? alot of young talent on this team, and there is the potential that they take off-

        • Curt Hays

          Hmm, that means we’d have a better record than at least one of these teams:
          Miami, DC, Indiana, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, Cleveland, and Toronto.
          Both New York teams will probably suck, but Detroit, Milwaukee, and Philly all have the potential to make a good show. But, to your point, we could end up with a higher seed than we expect. That’s why everyone has said, if we’re going to tank, then we need to TANK.

          • adam

            lets hope the new rules aren’t established then. instead of whatever, we split with the worst 4 teams for number one pick. the thing about the draft should be. you win number one pick you can’t win it again next year. highest you can go is -insert blank-. solves it. because you know when lebron retires and cleveland is horrid again, they will get 4/5 number one picks.

  • RedHead617

    Yes, trade Green, Bass and Rondo and let’s be as good at tanking as we can be. The tanking discussion is over, the Celtics didn’t have enough assets or cap space to be good, so the next year should be solely concerned with how best to position ourselves for 2015-16.

    • adam

      what do we look like…. philly?

      • RedHead617

        We don’t look as smart as Philly, otherwise we’d have dealt Rondo to New Orleans when they were bidding for Jrue Holiday. We look like a team that either oversold their potential for improvement to sell more tickets in the off-season or a team that badly misjudged the market for our assets.

        • adam

          I would have liked to see Asik in green. but oh well.

  • BillRussell

    Bass is a solid as Roman Concrete- absolute professional too-

  • lunchbreak

    Danny built and collected the set of chips he now can’t move. Yes it takes two to tango, but let’s not pretend this is some bad luck. Rebuilding is a process and there are no true shortcuts (see Prokhorov’s Nets attempt) – this will have to be a long haul……

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  • wil

    i am amazed how teams overlook bass. Bass played really great last season. He added a post game to his very consistent mid range game. And increased his rebounding too.

    Perfect big man off the bench for contending teams.

  • Rod Shaftwell

    I feel bad for BB. He came to us in ’11 and has played extremely consistently and even made improvements in his game. Since ’11 the Celtics have been on a decline and now were trying to get rid of him and hes gonna take a paycut next summer?

    It just seems so unfair for a guy who works like he does, but thats life in the NBA I guess.

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  • dontevertreadonme

    mostly due to the fact that bass sucks. he overachieves on this team A. because hes a starter, would never happen anywhere else. B. he jacks up shots, hes a glorified Big Baby Davis who is smart enough to show up every day with the right attitude because he wants to keep a job and keep making dough.

  • http://redsarmy.com/ Long Alex

    can’t deal Bass because of lack of a 3…..why can’t we deal Olynyk then?