Forward Brandon Bass Returning to the Celtics
(NEW YORK) -- Even though the Boston Celtics didn't have the greatest bench in the NBA last season, forward Brandon Bass was a key contributor for the team. He was a free agent this offseason, but the Celtics are making sure he doesn't go anywhere. The team has signed Bass to a three-year contract worth around $20 million.
Bass opted out of his contract so that he could become an unrestricted free agent in hopes of landing a more secure deal. Since his goal was always to remain with the Celtics, a deal got done relatively quickly.
In his first season in Boston, the 27-year old forward averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game, which were both career highs. He appreared in 59 games, made 39 starts, and averaged 31.7 minutes per game. He will remain the backup to forward Kevin Garnett, who also recently signed a three-year deal with the team.
"This is where he always [wanted] to be," Bass' agent Tony Dutt told CSNNE.com. "So it was just a matter of getting it done which was something both the Celtics and Brandon felt pretty good about making happen."
The Celtics acquired Bass last season from the Orlando Magic.
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