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Report: Brandon Bass to become free agent

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff  June 14, 2012 05:09 PM

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Celtics forward Brandon Bass will opt out of his contract and enter free agency, according to a report on CSNNE.com, but it appears the 27-year-old forward would like to return to play in Boston next season.

"Oh absolutely [the Celtics are Bass's first choice]," his agent Tony Dutt told CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely. "Without question, he would love to go back. ... We'll see this summer. All indications I've been given is that the interest in getting something done goes both ways, so we'll see. But Boston is definitely where Brandon wants to be."

Bass, who was set to earn $4.25 million in the final year of his contract with the player option, is reportedly seeking a long-term contract with the Celtics.

"I would love to be back here," Bass said after the Heat eliminated Boston in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals. "The fans here are unbelievable. For any player, this organization is the organization that you want to play for. ... This group here was like family. For the first time in a long time it felt like family. We had fights, we had ups, we had downs but at the end of the day we fought for each other. I'm just grateful to be a part of this group."

The 6-foot-8 forward also praised Celtics coach Doc Rivers after Game 7 in Miami.

"We have a coach like Doc who we feel gives it all to us," Bass said. "As players, we have a tremendous amount of respect for him. And because of that, we leave it out on the court for him."

Bass averaged 12.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds for the Celtics last season, both career highs.

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