Brandon Bass to Become an Unrestricted Free Agent

by June 15, 2012

Brandon Bass will make his services available on the open market this summer, but his preference is remain in Boston. From CSNNE: “Oh absolutely,’ his agent Tony Dutt said when asked if Boston was his client’s first choice. ‘Without question, he would love to go back.’ The decision to not pick up the final year of his contract, worth $4.25 million, is driven by Bass’ desire to sign a long-term deal with the C’s. Following Boston’s Game 7 loss to Miami, he told reporters about his desire to return next season to Boston. ‘I would love to be back here,’ he said at the time. ‘The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for.’ […] The only issue left to resolve — and it’s a big one — is determining Bass’ value. He was due to earn $4.25 million next season. But in all likelihood, the Celtics would have to offer him something that at the very least was in the same neighborhood or higher, of the four-year, $26 million contract signed by Glen Davis when the C’s sent him via sign-and-trade to Orlando for Bass. Bass has been reluctant to say much about his contract status. ‘I’m no different than anyone else,’ Bass said recently. ‘I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family. Hopefully that’ll keep me here in Boston. We’ll see.’”