Boston Celtics veteran big man Brandon Bass is reportedly drawing trade interest from the Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats and Golden State Warriors.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, “Bass remains the most-discussed player on the Boston roster ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline.” The 2014 deadline is set for Feb. 20.
“He is a good fit in a lot of places,” a league executive said, per Deveney. “He can start, he can come off the bench, he can make shots, he can play center against small lineups. A lot of teams need a guy like that.”
The versatility of the 28-year-old is his most appealing asset. He’s averaging 10.8 points, 5.8 rebounds 1.0 blocks and shooting 47.5 percent from the field for the Celtics this season.
The Warriors could certainly use Bass to shore up their shoddy second unit, which ranks 29th in the NBA by scoring 23.4 points per game, according to Hoops Stats. However, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group reports that a trade involving G-State isn’t likely.
BTW, I'm told this Brandon Bass to Warriors talk has little to no legs. Not sure how it works without Celtics taken Speights— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 10, 2014
The Celts are looking to shed salary and get younger, so they wouldn’t be keen on adding a guy like Marreese Speights—who is under contract through the 2015-16 season.
The Suns, meanwhile, have recently inquired about Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, and Memphis Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick.
Phoenix more than likely wouldn’t give up a first-round pick to get Bass, considering it hasn't appeared keen on giving one up to get Gasol—who is a far superior player when compared to Bass.
League source not w/ Lakers or Phoenix skeptical Suns trade 1st round pick for Gasol, esp. w/ no assurances he would return next year— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 3, 2014
As Deveney writes, the most obvious asset the Bobcats could send to Boston is the Portland Trail Blazers’ first-round pick in 2014. Because Portland has played so well, that pick will wind up in the late first-round.
Charlotte is attempting to return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season. It currently clings to No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Detroit Pistons. Bass would add much-needed depth behind Al Jefferson in the frontcourt.
Although this wouldn’t qualify as a blockbuster deal fans would love to see, Bass is a valuable role player with postseason experience from his days in Dallas, Orlando and Boston.
His contributions could help a playoff contender, but it will be interesting to see if Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will find a taker for his more than $13.3 million salary over the next two seasons. That could be a tough contract to move.