While he's far from a flashy player, Bass has proven to be a more than reliable role player on a nightly basis.
A rebuilding process can be tough for veteran players; just ask Gerald Wallace and Keith Bogans. It's hard to accept the fact that the team is looking forward while you're looking to maximize some of the best years of your career. Still, Bass has taken it in stride, and his production has yet to diminish.
For a lot of reasons, Bass is an attractive player to contenders looking to add a big. He's a tough forward who has proven that he can adequately guard a variety of players, and can play just about anywhere in the frontcourt. Bass doesn't have great size, but he makes up for it with strength and a physical style. His 6-8 frame doesn't scream center, although he's good enough to play the position in small-ball lineups as a stretch big.
Therefore, it shouldn't be a surprise that multiple teams around the league reportedly have interest in dealing for Brandon Bass. Sporting News reports that a few of those teams are the Charlotte Bobcats, Golden State Warriors, and the Phoenix Suns.
Bass has done everything the Celtics have asked of him, but it's time to pull the trigger on a trade, particularly if there are so many interested teams.
Why bother keeping him around if the Celtics can manage to get some value for him? Rebuilding teams should always be looking to grab assets wherever they can, which is exactly how Danny Ainge was able to acquire Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett. For more proof, look at the Houston Rockets, who turned a bunch of spare parts into James Harden, which helped bring Dwight Howard to town.
Bass would be a quality rotation player on a playoff team, and the Celtics have no reason to keep him around any longer.
Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.
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