The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent power forward Brandon Bass, reports Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. Details of the contract were not immediately available. Bass is a 10-year veteran who has spent the last four years with the Celtics after stints with the Hornets, Mavericks and Magic.
Bass is a solid rotation player that should help round out the Lakers' frontcourt rotation. It's unclear what the plan is at power forward, however, as Julius Randle has been the supposed starting four as the Lakers move forward. Bass could be a productive veteran off the bench that helps with the development of Julius. Brandon averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season with the Celtics, He started in 43 of the 82 games he appeared in through the year.
In Bass, the Lakers are getting a true model of consistency. During his four years in Boston the LSU product failed to register 10.6 or more points per game just one time and never failed to grab at least 5 rebounds a night.
"He's not Michael Jordan, but he does help make players better," Bass' agent, Tony Dutt, told the Boston Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. "They see his work ethic. Some nights it's points, some nights it's rebounds and some nights it's leadership. I think those are the things he exemplifies."
The Lakers have been tweaking the roster since moving on from DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge, acquiring Roy Hibbert and Lou Williams along with Bass all in the last 24 hours.
The front office is also reportedly discussing a sign-and-trade with the Mavericks to send Jeremy Lin to Dallas, while also looking for a way to shed Nick Young's salary.