Though the terms of Brandon Bass’ contract still haven’t been disclosed (or even finalized, for that matter), the power forward will reportedly make $20 million over three years. (CSNNE)
His agent Tony Dutt told CSNNE.com that the particulars are still being ironed out, but “we’ve essentially got a deal.”
Although Dutt wouldn’t divulge the particulars, it is expected to be a three-year deal worth around $20 million – comparable to the four-year, $26 million deal Glen Davis received last summer from the Orlando Magic.
Big Baby money is fair for Bass (though maybe not fair for Big Baby). But the Celtics are moving dangerously close to the salary cap apron of $74 million, which acts as a de facto hard cap for them since they’ve already offered the full mid-level exception to Jason Terry.
Based on my (potentially-slightly-wrong) calculations, the Celtics now have $58 million committed to 10 players (including rookie Kris Joseph, who may or may not have a guaranteed contract), with a hard salary cap of approximately $74 million because they’ve already committed the full mid-level exception to Jason Terry. That means the Celtics should have approximately $16 million to spend. If one of those available spots is used on Ray Allen, he’ll reportedly make $6 million. That would leave $10 million to pay Jeff Green (who reportedly wants $9 million) and fill out the rest of the roster (the Celtics also have Bird rights on Nenad Krstic and they have extended a qualifying offer to Greg Stiemsma, not to mention other free agents like Mickael Pietrus, Chris Wilcox, Marquis Daniels and Sasha Pavlovic, and E’Twaun Moore and Sean Williams, whose 2012-13 contracts are both non-guaranteed).
Stiemsma’s looking like he might be a forced casualty if the Celtics come to terms with Allen (who reportedly only has one outside option left, the Miami Heat). The Celtics may have to go bargain hunting for a backup big man.