In this rapidly moving free agency and trading period, the Boston Celtics have been particularly interested in acquiring players to add to the front-court rotation.
The Celtics are nearing a deal to acquire free agent forward David West in what will likely be done through a sign-and-trade process. Sources like Adrian Wojnarowski say Celtics center Jermaine O'Neal and another player are likely to be involved in the swap.
As a player like Bass adds some strength in the interior on both ends on the floor, particularly defensively, West adds a plethora of offensive talent.
Last season, West led the Hornets with 18.9 points per game. West is also an above average free-throw shooter as well, hitting 80.7 percent of his attempts last season.
When it comes to rebounding, West is solid as well, grabbing 7.5 a game last season.
Late in games during the course of the 2011 NBA playoffs, it was apparent the Celtics couldn't put up points. Whether it was fatigue or simply a poor, unlucky showing, there was an evident lack of offense late in games.
During the series with the Miami Heat, the Celtics would drop Game 4 and Game 5, giving up 24 points more than they scored in the second half of games. It was the Celtics who had a lead going into the fourth quarter in three of the five games of the series.
Oddly enough, they were the three last games of the series.
West is the type of player that can come on and score points late in games, which will be huge for the Celtics late in the fourth quarter of games. He has exceptional range for being a power forward and specializes on the offensive end of the floor.
Rondo will give West good looks at the basket; it could be a tandem that works quite well together this season.
Not to mention, the addition of both West and Bass works into Kevin Garnett's favor. Now Garnett will be more rested and have offense replacing him when West is on the court.
Expect David West to make an impact from the get-go. His scoring ability and size are unmatched by many in the league, as he should plan on playing big minutes on a team that could certainly use his offensive contributions.
If West steps up his play, the Celtics will stand a significantly better chance at taking down the Miami Heat in the East.