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10 Years of Ainge: Big Baby for Bass trade

Posted by shawn cassidy on June 5, 2013 at 5:15 AM

The Celtics acquired forward Brandon Bass in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic.  Glen “Big Baby” Davis, earned $26 million over four years with the Magic in his deal.The 6-8 Bass, made $4 million in his first season in Boston with a players option in the second year. Bass would re-sign in the summer of 2012. But before that happened this is what played out after the trade.

Bass averaged a career-high 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the 2011-12 season for the Celtics. The deal was perfect for the Celtics. Bass showed that he was more disciplined and consistent then Baby. The deal was well worth it. In Big Baby's first season with the Magic he averaged 9.3 per game which was 2 points below his season average the year before. Bass virtually had the same numbers as Baby from the year before. Bass basically averaged a rebound more and a point more. But it was more then stats when you compared the two in 2012 and now. 

In year two Bass dropped off, and Baby improved leaps and bounds before he was out for the season. Bass averaged a little over 8 points per game, and Baby averaged 15 points per game, and 7 boards before he was done for the year. Danny Ainge brought Bass back this past summer for a three-year deal worth 20 million. Bass is set to make 6.7 in year two,and 6.9 in year three. Bass and Baby both have similar games. They both have the mid-range jumper, and both are scrappy on the glass.

I believe the Celtics upgraded with this trade, but not by much. Bass underplayed in his second season, and hopefully gets back to what he was doing. I also think he suffered in year two because of Jeff Green. Bass scored 12 a game because the Celtics had no other option. This was a smart move by Danny. Bass seems to be the better teammate. Baby was a good teammate, but he also cared more about himself. It seemed that way at least. Baby's off court stuff seemed to get in the way at times.

This was a minor but smart move by Danny in his 9th year as GM of the Celtics. The end result still isn't out, but so far Danny made the best move for the Celtics

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Reply Greg
11:19 AM on June 5, 2013 
A great move at the time,but still the better move overall. Bass is mistake free usually.
Reply C'slife
4:58 PM on June 5, 2013 
Love the trade and still do. Not happy with Bass in year two, but he's still got a chance.
Reply paul
10:45 PM on June 5, 2013 
Baby had potential - we wasted it.