Celtics forward Brandon Bass’s agent, Tony Dutt, said there have been indications that numerous teams will have interest in the 10-year veteran when free agency begins after midnight Wednesday. Dutt added that Bass would be open to a return to the Celtics.
“I think Brad [Stevens] and Danny [Ainge] understand the value of what Brandon brings,” Dutt told the Globe on Tuesday afternoon. “He loves Boston, and if it works out for him to stay there, we’d be more than happy.”
Bass averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. He struggled in the playoffs, averaging 5 points and 2 rebounds while shooting 35 percent from the field, but Dutt said that was just one quiet stretch of four games, not a sign of a larger issue. Bass is durable, having missed just one game over the past three seasons.
It was widely thought that Bass’s tenure in Boston had come to an end after the Celtics were swept by the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs. That could very well still be the case. But if Boston misses on a couple of targets, its comfort with a player like Bass could make him an appealing option.
“He’s not Michael Jordan, but he does help make players better,” Dutt said. “They see his work ethic. Some nights it’s points, some nights it’s rebounds and some nights it’s leadership. I think those are the things he exemplifies.”