Brandon Bass opts out of player option

Brandon Bass opts out of player option

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Brandon Bass, as expected, has opted out of the second year of his two year, 6 million dollar contract. This news was first reported by Brad Turner of the LA Times:

Effect on the team

Brandon opting out should be no surprise to anyone who followed the Lakers this year. At times, Bass was the best player on the team and consistently got better throughout the season. 3 million dollars a year is a steal for his kind of talent. Personally, he was my favorite player on the team outside of the young core. He was put into a lot of unfavorable positions, but he worked through them. He played well, but the system did not favor his skill set. It’s not unrealistic for Bass to receive a favorable contract in today’s market, and the Lakers should work to resign him. However, it appears that he will be willing to work with the team on a deal.

While this isn’t exactly a “report”, it’s good indication that Bass enjoys the environment that Jim and Mitch have built for the future, and I’m sure he’s interested to play for rookie head coach Luke Walton.

Bass’ fit for the future?

In Byron’s “system”, Bass played a lot at the 5, but rarely ever played his natural position. However, he made progress throughout the season and went from looking like a deer in headlights to a competent NBA player. Brandon Bass deer

Under Coach Walton, Brandon will be used as a small ball 5. We’ll see him get minutes in a junior version of the “lineup of death” that Golden State often uses. Lakers fans should get excited and buy a Bass jersey alongside their Russell and Ingram jerseys, as he will be a key part of our future.

The Lakers have plenty of money to spend this offseason, but most fans have their eyes set on large prizes. However, Bass should be a factor that the front office considers when determining how to spend their money. He’ll be an excellent piece under a brand new Lakers offense, and he can be a stable veteran presence in a young locker room.

 

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