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Bass For Smith Not So Silly?

Posted by paul on July 4, 2012 at 6:35 PM

According to Celtics Blog, the market is hot for Brandon Bass.  This might sound scary to Celtics fans, but it seems that the information comes from Bass' agent, and might be a little bit overheated.   Here are the teams reportedly interested in Bass...

While Celtics FA Brandon Bass interested in re-signing, Pacers, Nets, Mavs, Heat (S&T), Knicks and Hawks intrigued too.

What's interesting is that most of those teams already have a strong power forward, or even a great one, so what Bass' agent seems to be (inadvertently) telling us is that the Celtics may be the only team that sees him as a starter.  Our chances of re-signing him should be very good.  What is possibly more exciting, though, is the hint that the Hawks might be interested in Bass.  Wow!  Any Celtics trade for Josh Smith would presumably have to include a sign-and-trade deal with Bass, as I understand it, and that would seem a lot more doable if the Hawks actually like Bass anyway.


Such a deal couldn't be a Bass for Smith swap, presumably.  Smith actually has a pretty nice contract, as I understand it, for such a strong player, at about 13 million, and he seems to be a way better player than Bass by any measure.  However, if Ferry likes Bass anyway, it seems more likely that he could be tempted by a a Smith-for-Bass swap that gives him the opportunity to poach any of our players - outside of KG-Pierce-Rondo-Bradley - and one or two draft picks.   I'm not generally a big fan of blockbuster deals, and I'm even less of a fan of giving away our team's future, but I am a fan of being bold when the situation calls for it.   KG and Smith patrolling the paint?  Avery and Rondo wreaking havoc on the perimeter?  Pierce  in between?   Rondo running with Smith and Bradley?  A trade for Smith could essentially establish the Celtics for the next decade.  Would I give up young talent and multiple draft picks for that?   I wouldn't hesitate.


I suddenly think a trade for Josh Smith could be doable. If the Hawks alreadly like Bass, it turns from them trading Smith for a guy they don't want plus sweetners to them trading Smith for a guy they do want, plus some really, really nice sweeteners.  We'd give up an awful lot, but when it's for the player you really want, you don't hesitate.


I love the way Ainge has been handling the post-season so far.  He's made very smart moves, he's already made the Celtics better, and he's not over-reached for anyone.  I don't want him to overreach for a hyped player.  But goiong all out for the right player?  That could be the cherry on the top of the cake that becomes the whole cake.  Most risks are not worth taking.  But every so often the right risk comes along, and you have to take it...

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7 Comments

Reply paul
6:57 PM on July 4, 2012 
I hesitate to mention it, for fear it would put the Celtics off such a deal, but *whispering* Josh Smith is a hellacious rebounder!
Reply Franklin
8:29 PM on July 4, 2012 
I don't mind that Smith is a poor rebounder, I think he's the best player for the Celtics overall.
Reply Celticslifer
8:31 PM on July 4, 2012 
Franklin says...
I don't mind that Smith is a poor rebounder, I think he's the best player for the Celtics overall.



I agree with u! Happy 4th guys
Reply paul
8:56 PM on July 4, 2012 
Franklin says...
I don't mind that Smith is a poor rebounder, I think he's the best player for the Celtics overall.


I actually thought he was a very good rebounder. 9.6 this last season, and from the pf position. Am I wrong about that, though? Also a good passer. He just seems like a guy with a great all around game. so far as I know, his only real weakness is bad shot selection, which is something I think the Cs can work on.
Reply paul
8:57 PM on July 4, 2012 
Celticslifer says...
I agree with u! Happy 4th guys


Happy fourth!

I think KG respects Smith a lot, which counts for a lot. As I recall, he referred to Smith as J Smoove; it seems to me that it's not like KG to recognize an opposing player at all, much less by his honorific nickname...
Reply jlil89
9:54 PM on July 4, 2012 
This is a giant bonus as well. I do agree. To get the utmost respectable props from KG and Pierce means A TON. Smith would be a damn freight train rolling around in Beantown. Let's cross our fingers on something BIG!
Reply paul
10:43 PM on July 4, 2012 
jlil89 says...
This is a giant bonus as well. I do agree. To get the utmost respectable props from KG and Pierce means A TON. Smith would be a damn freight train rolling around in Beantown. Let's cross our fingers on something BIG!


I think he would be a superstar on the Celtics!