WALTHAM – It’s never easy being an NBA veteran on a young rebuilding team.
For Brandon Bass, the situation goes deeper than that. He’s not only one of the senior members of the Celtics roster, but he isn’t guaranteed a starting spot or even significant playing time in a Boston frontcourt loaded with youth and depth.
The nine-year veteran understands the painful realities of the situation, but isn’t letting it affect him as he begins his fourth season in green.
“Every year I come into the season, I’m always in some kind of a situation,” Bass explained. “I can’t really focus on those situations or I wouldn’t be motivated. For me, I kind of just simplify things for myself and I hope the other guys do the same.”
Teammate Rajon Rondo gets most of the headlines when it comes to trade speculation, but the 29-year-old Bass is one of the players that you hear about the most in trade rumors. First, it was last winter in a potential deal for Omer Asik with the Houston Rockets. Then, over the summer, Zach Lowe of Grantland reported the Celtics considered trading him to the Golden State Warriors as well.
As Boston’s roster is currently constructed, Danny Ainge pursuing trade possibilities involving Bass make sense. He’s in the final season of a three-year contract, earning reasonable money at $6.9 million in 2014-15. He’s unlikely to be re-signed at year’s end, so Ainge wouldn’t mind landing an asset for his dependable forward, seeing as the team has ample depth at power forward.
Bass is likely aware of this thinking, but he won’t let any of these potential scenarios impact his play on the court.
“I don’t into camp thinking about nothing but trying to get acclimated with all the new things because all of those things you can’t really control, you know?” Bass said. “I don’t feel it’s my job to focus on those things, I think it’s [reporters’] job to write about those things.”
In the interim, the sharpshooting forward is content to let things play out as he waits for his role to be defined.
“It’s kind of whatever coach wants to do,” Bass said of how much he’ll play. “Whatever Danny wants to do, whatever those guys want to do, that’s what is going to take place. Us, as players, we have to take care of what we can take care of, that’s just coming to practice everyday and working hard.”
With 16 guaranteed contracts signed to the roster, Bass may be one of the candidates to be moved by the start of the regular season. For now, Bass remains out of the limelight, content to show up to camp everyday and do his job while he has the opportunity.