Brandon Bass is one of the most attractive trade chips on the Celtics’ roster. He’s young, efficient, and is being paid on a reasonable contract through next season. Thus it comes as no surprise that he’s one of the team’s hottest trade names on the market right now, according to a new report from Sporting News’ Sean Deveney. Bass is drawing trade interest from Suns, Warriors, Bobcats according to the report, with a variety of potential returns for the power forward, varying from 1st round picks to rookies with upside.
Rival executives say the rebuilding Celtics could be among the busiest teams at the trade deadline, at least in terms of phone calls logged. Boston would be willing to make a deal for just about any player on the roster, though there are no plans to trade point guard Rajon Rondo without an overwhelming offer. There has been discussion about Jeff Green, too, but his contract (two more years at $19 million total) makes him difficult to move.
But Bass’ manageable contract and ability to chip in for a contender makes him the most likely Celtic to be shipped out by next Thursday, and the group of teams that has expressed interest in Bass is, “a pretty wide range,” according to a league source.
CH’s Take: So what kind of return could Bass garner from the teams with interest in him? And should the Celtics be interested in these kind of deals?
Both the Suns and Bobcats have a wide ranging collection of first round picks, which make them ideal candidates for the Celtics to do business with. While it might be tough for some Celtic players to bring back 1st round picks in a deal (Kris Humphries, Jeff Green come to mind), that’s not the case with Bass. Not only is he a productive player, but he’s under contract for next season at reasonable money ($6.9 million) making that asking price reasonable.
Finding a return straight up for salary in a Charlotte deal might be tough, as with Phoenix since both teams wouldn’t want to give up a guy that is helping them this season, limiting the lack of tradable options. The Celtics also have Keith Bogans waiting idly by to use him deals, but his contract becomes even more valuable next summer when any team can waive him after a deal before the season starts, so not sure you want to use him before you have to in deal with Bass. Still three-team deals can usually solve that matching money problem quite easily and Bass’ salary makes it a very manageable situation.
From the Golden State standpoint, Deveney reports that since they have traded away recent draft picks, the bait for the Celtics would be young rookies Nemanja Nedovic and Ognjen Kuzmic, as well as potentially second-year center Festus Ezeli who is out for the year. Ezeli started for the Warriors last year so he’s a young productive big (that lacks any true offensive firepower) but all of these guys are very cheap and signed to long-term deals, two things that are attractive for Ainge.
Do the C’s like any of these guys enough to move Bass? That much isn’t clear yet. The encouraging thing though is that the Celtics have options right now for Bass and the list of suitors will no doubt get no longer in the coming weeks.
With a limited amount of sellers in this year’s deadline (teams with attractive players to contenders anyway) Ainge holds a lot of chips and power this trade deadline. He’ll find the deal he wants for Bass and get probably a few more building blocks for the future to work with.
Will it be a first round pick? Will it be young prospects and shedding some salary? We’ll find out in the coming days.