Celtics’ Brandon Bass to opt out of contract
Bostons Celtics forward Brandon Bass has informed the team that he will be opting out of the final year on his contract.
This happened only a couple days later as the Celtics lost in Game 7 to the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals. Bass could have played out his original 4-year, $16 million contract that he signed with the Orlando Magic, in which he would have made $4.25 million for the 2012-13 season.
Bass’s decision to opt out of his current contract and look for a new deal was an easy decision. Bass wants to ink a long-term deal with more security, but also he knew that it would be a thin market for this year’s free agency as he finished off the season a strong note.
Bass averaged career highs with 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds in the 2011-12 season with the Celtics. One of the key reasons the Celtics had an amazing run in the second half of their season had a lot to do with the exception play of Bass.
Even though Bass wants to test free agency, he has expressed, along with his agent Tony Dutt, that he really wants to be back in Boston he had nothing but high praise for his team and the organization itself.
“Obviously, he would love to be back in Boston,” Dutt said.
“I do (expect to be in Boston). I would love to be back here,” Bass said earlier this week. “The fans (in Boston) are unbelievable. I think for any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for.”
What the Celtic’s front office does only time will tell, but make no mistake. Bass, even though he isn’t a “Big-name” player, this season alone he has expressed all the qualities and character that the Celtics organization look for. He never quits, and he always plays his heart out.
Another reason Bass wants to be back is because his love for his teammates as he referred to them as “family.”
“This group here was like family”, Bass said. “For the first time in a long time it felt like family. We had fights, we had ups, we had downs but at the end of the day we fought for each other. I’m just grateful to be a part of this group.”
The off-season for the Celtics will be a busy one as they will also need to decide on players such as Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and try to transition to a new era that possibly will not include the “Big Three”.