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Report: Bass Opts Out, Becomes Free Agent

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Celtics forward Brandon Bass. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Celtics forward Brandon Bass. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (CBS) – In a move many expected this offseason, Celtics‘ forward Brandon Bass will opt out of the final year of his contract to test the free agent waters, according to CSNNE.com.

The good news is Bass is hoping to land a multi-year deal with Boston.

“I would love to be back here,” Bass said after the Celtics fell to the Heat in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. “The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for.”

His agent, Tony Dutt, echoed that sentiment to Comcast on Thursday, and said it goes both ways.

“All indications I’ve been given is that the interest in getting something done goes both ways, so we’ll see,” said Dutt. “But Boston is definitely where Brandon wants to be.”

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Bass was very serviceable for the C’s in his first season in green, starting the year off the bench but moving to the starting lineup when Kevin Garnett moved from forward to center.

In 59 regular season games, Bass averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds. Those numbers took a dip in the playoffs, dropping to 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, but he stepped up when the Celtics had him guard LeBron James in the closing games of the East Finals.

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Bass will likely command a deal similar to the one Glen Davis got in Orlando — who Bass was traded for prior to the season — for four-years and $26 million.

After proving he is basically Davis without the off-the-court issues, Bass is worth it.

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