The terms of his contract with Los Angeles are still a work in progress due to other pending deals. The team has Louis Williams in agreement to a three-year, $21 million contract, and has in place a trade with the Indiana Pacers to land former All-Star center Roy Hibbert. Each of these transactions will become official once the NBA Moratorium Period ends July 9.
Bass has spent the last four seasons playing for the Boston Celtics averaging 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He has also proven to be a durable player over the last three years missing just one game over that span, which occurred during the 2012-13 season. Bass has played for the Celtics, Orlando Magic, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans over his 10-year career.
The addition of Bass to the team brings a viable big man that has the ability to be a factor offensively in the low post and mid-range game. He is also a decent rebounder and defender at his position. Bass has experience of both being a starter and reserve in the NBA, but he will likely come off the bench with Los Angeles behind the team’s 2014 first-round pick Julius Randle, who missed all but one game last season due to a broken leg.
The decision to add the 30-year-old could mean the end to the possibility of bringing back free agent Jordan Hill next season. The Lakers had declined Hill’s $9 million team option for this upcoming season, and also expressed interest in the 27-year-old at the start of free agency.
However, with Bass on board and what’s expected to be little financial flexibility remaining for the team following these latest string of moves makes it difficult to see Hill re-signing with Los Angeles.
After failing to land any of the top free agents such as LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan or Greg Monroe, Los Angeles has been busy over the last couple of days and more is still expected to come. The team is reportedly looking to trade Ryan Kelly, Robert Sacre or Nick Young this offseason to give them more financial flexibility this offseason.
They could still include any of these three players in the trade with the Pacers to help offset Hibbert’s $15.5 million that he is scheduled to make next season. The Lakers have also expressed interest in a sign-and-trade with the Dallas Mavericks involving Jeremy Lin.
All in all, this gives the appearance that Los Angeles may have more moves up their sleeves.
Bob Garcia IV
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