|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...