The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to bounce back this season. The Lakers are eyeing to retain their young core, and make a splash in the free agency. There are some guys in the roster who could hit the open market in this offseason as well.
Brandon Bass may hit the free agency. Bass has a player option worth $3.1 million for next season. But the player still remains undecided about whether to test the free agency or remain with the team, according to Marc Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Bass told Los Angeles News Group. “I’m a special type of player and person to be around this type of group. I think I can help develop these young guys. I want them to be successful. I would love to see them grow and would love it to be here. But you never know what happens.”
Bass has been a darling of Lakers’ head coach Byron Scott since his playing days at New Orleans. Bass featured for two years in New Orleans under Scott.
“I love Brandon Bass,” said Scott, who coached him in New Orleans during his rookie season (2005-06). “I love his work ethic. I love his professionalism. I love his attitude. I love that you know when you put him in the game, you know what you’re going to get.”
Bass has appeared in 60 games this season for the Lakers. He has posted averages of 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. He also played a key role in Lakers’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. He notched up 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 27 minutes, as reported by CBS Sports.