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Brandon Bass opts out with Celtics, becomes a free agent


If Brandon Bass has his way, he’ll be a Celtic again next year.

But this is a business and Bass wants to get paid, he wants security.

So as most people expected, Bass has opted out of the final year of his deal with Boston, worth $4.25 million, to look for a bigger payday with more years attached, his agent told A. Sherrod Blakely at

“Oh absolutely,” his agent Tony Dutt said when asked if Boston was his client’s first choice. “Without question, he would love to go back.”

“I’m no different than anyone else,” Bass told recently. “I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family. Hopefully that’ll keep me here in Boston. We’ll see.”

Bass was a better fit inside with Boston than Glen Davis had been. Bass averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and by the playoffs was one of the key role players for the Celtics team that came within a game of the NBA finals.

The question now is price and years. Because Boston has a lot of moving pieces this summer with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett also becoming free agents.

Big Baby signed a four-year, $26 million deal as part of his sign and trade last summer. Bass is going to expect more than that (four and $28 million?). If the Celtics aren’t willing to pay it someone else will, Bass has shown his value as a solid rotational big in the NBA.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.