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Brandon Bass opts out with Celtics, becomes a free agent

Jun 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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If Brandon Bass has his way, he’ll be a Celtic again next year.

But this is a business and Bass wants to get paid, he wants security.

So as most people expected, Bass has opted out of the final year of his deal with Boston, worth $4.25 million, to look for a bigger payday with more years attached, his agent told A. Sherrod Blakely at

“Oh absolutely,” his agent Tony Dutt said when asked if Boston was his client’s first choice. “Without question, he would love to go back.”

“I’m no different than anyone else,” Bass told recently. “I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family. Hopefully that’ll keep me here in Boston. We’ll see.”

Bass was a better fit inside with Boston than Glen Davis had been. Bass averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and by the playoffs was one of the key role players for the Celtics team that came within a game of the NBA finals.

The question now is price and years. Because Boston has a lot of moving pieces this summer with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett also becoming free agents.

Big Baby signed a four-year, $26 million deal as part of his sign and trade last summer. Bass is going to expect more than that (four and $28 million?). If the Celtics aren’t willing to pay it someone else will, Bass has shown his value as a solid rotational big in the NBA.

  1. livingsacrifice86 - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Bass really impressed in the playoffs. Very solid player. He’ll get paid

  2. readysethike - Jun 14, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    bass is a very good player…he’s a lil undersized but he’s tough and has a good jumper and because he doesn’t have to play in the paint he can spread the floor for another player that does..I hope he stays in boston

  3. magicbucs - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Get paid Brandon! Good for you…

  4. watermelon1 - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Something tells me Orlando will be begging this guy to
    Come back and will overpay to do it!

  5. cowboychris5xchamps - Jun 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    They say bulls#!% walks so he better go talk to the money! I don’t blame him one bit!

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Come on over to Philadelphia…we’ll peace Brand and make room for ya.

  7. letangusespertplus - Jun 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    solid player. hope he gets his for him and his family.

  8. bozosforall - Jun 14, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    They can’t afford him. So he’s Gone Bassy Gone.

  9. andyhr17 - Jun 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    I guess it;s easy to make statements like that when you don’t care about silly little things like facts and figures.

    Celtics have the 4th most money to spend under the cap this coming off season. Only Phoenix, Cleveland and Portlant have more. Keep on trollin’!

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