Boston Celtics reserve forward Brandon Bass made quite a name for himself this spring by playing with consistency off the bench, primarily through hard-nosed defense and opportunistic offense.
Buzz has surfaced Bass has received offers from as many as six NBA teams since the start of the free-agency negotiation period yesterday.
In an interview with a Boston paper, Bass’ agent Tony Dutt confirmed six teams have called to discuss Bass’ situation, information which will undoubtedly drive up Bass’ price not only on the open free-agent market, but also to the Celtics should they choose to try and negotiate to retain his services for the 2012-2013 campaign.
Dutt had the following to say regarding the situation:
We had a great conversation and we’ll continue to talk. Everything was very positive. We understand that they care about him, but we have to look at all of our options. It’s our job to look at everything and make good decisions.
Negotiations between Dutt, Bass, and the Celtics will include another interesting variable: Jared Sullinger.
Given that Sullinger could be expected to fill a very similar role to Bass for the Celtics, it really comes down to dollars and cents, and experience versus youth.
During 2012, Bass averaged 12.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game over an average of 31.7 minutes per game, all career highs. Will Danny Ainge, Doc Rivers and the Celtics brass be willing to give up on a player who by all signs is at the peak of their career, to roll the dice on one who is completely unproven.
Given the fact the proverbial clock is ticking for a Celtics team that isn’t getting any younger, and may only have a few more chances at a Championship run, my money’s on them keeping Bass.
Why tinker with something that isn’t broken?
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.