There were a lot of takeaways from the Boston Celtics' recent three-way trade with the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors that shipped Jordan Crawford out of town, but the biggest one was that Boston is undoubtedly, unabashedly tanking.
What does that mean for the rest of the players on Boston's roster? Play well enough, and you can get off the sinking ship.
That being said, Brandon Bass may be stuck in Boston for this year. When the Celtics took on Joel Anthony's contract for next season, it was a signal that they're most likely going to hold off on making any splashy free-agent acquisitions this offseason and wait instead for the 2015 offseason.
If that assessment is accurate, the Celtics likely won't be in a rush to dump Bass and his deal that will pay him $6.9 million next year. He'll likely have more value as an expiring contract then, anyhow.
Of course, there's a possibility that some teams will be willing to move assets for Bass. He's a solid individual defender with a defined skill (mid-range shooting), and you could certainly do much worse if he's your third- or fourth-best big.
With Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger also ready for big minutes, perhaps the Celtics would be willing to take a little less value in order to get their young forwards more reps. Let's take a look at a few teams who should be calling at the deadline for a price check on Bass.