Rumors and speculations are now swirling around 31-year-old power forward Brandon Bass who is reportedly opting out his contract to become a free agent on July 1.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Brandon Bass will exercise his player option worth $3.1 million and become a free agent. Bass played well for the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015-16 NBA season. He served as the backup center for Roy Hibbert and a power forward. Standing at 6’8”, Bass’ dominance under the basket and flexibility were undeniable assets in the Lakers’ frontcourt.
Fortunately for the Lakers, it seems like Brandon Bass wants to stay with the team for the succeeding season. On a Twitter post by Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, he confirmed that Bass hopes to re-sign with the Lakers and hopes that team wants him to re-sign.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak should re-sign a veteran player like him. Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. admitted the Bass’ presence in the Lakers’ frontcourt was undeniably a big help, especially with the young cores.
“I think I might have learned more from playing in the second unit with Brandon Bass than I did from anybody else this year,” Nance, Jr. said when asked to explain why veterans were so valuable for a young team. “He’s just a pro, in every sense of the word, he’s just a pro. He carries himself the right way, knows how to handle postgame interviews.
“He’s just really diligent with his work and stuff like that. To see somebody that’s been so successful in the league do all the stuff, and you’re younger than him, it’s just kind of like ‘I’d better whip it into shape,’ because if he’s 29, and I’m 22, why shouldn’t I be doing that too?”
With the ageing veteran forward, there is still a possibility that he will be looking for a competitive team that might be his last significant NBA contract. However, if he chooses to stay, he could be a good mentor especially with Larry Nance Jr. and Julius Randle to build a better team for the next season.
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