Agent: Celtics trade for Bass

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Agent: Celtics trade for Bass

Pending league approval - and we all know that's no longer a given - the Boston Celtics will have a new undersized power forward who, ironically, is also from LSU.

The C's have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send Glen Davis to Orlando in exchange for Brandon Bass, who were former teammates at LSU in 2004-2005.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Davis will receive a four-year, 26 million deal.

The deal could not become official until after league approves it. The earliest that could happen was 2 p.m.

"He's very excited about this opportunity in Boston," his agent Tony Dutt, told CSNNE.com. "Things didn't go quite like we thought they would in Orlando, but he has no hard feelings towards them. He's looking forward to being a Celtic."

The move would officially bring an end to Davis' four-year career with the Celtics, the only team he has ever played for.

While the comparisons between the 6-8 Bass and 6-9 Davis are sure to be made, Bass has a more rounded game offensively - he averaged a career-high 11.2 points per game this past season - while Davis is a better defender.

Overall, the two have comparable skillsets.

So why make the move?

From Orlando's perspective, Bass simply wasn't working out for them. He had shown flashes of being an impact player, but those were few and far between. And it appeared at times he struggled grasping the Magic's defensive concepts.

But whatever shortcomings he had defensively, he had a knack for making up for them with his hustle, effort and intensity.

As for the Celtics, Davis came into free agency looking for a pay increase along with added security. The C's were poised to pay him more than any other team, but were reluctant to give him the kind of financial security he was seeking.

It is unclear what the terms are for Davis' deal with the Magic, but it's believed to be for at least three seasons with a starting salary comparable to Bass' salary which two years and 8 million remaining.

The second year of Bass' deal is a player option, which means he has the potential to opt-out and re-sign a long term deal with the Celtics who at that time, will be a team with plenty of money to spend on potential free agents.

For now, the focus for Bass' camp is for the 6-8 forward to come in and become a difference-maker.

"He just needs to be in the right system, and Doc's system seems perfect for him," Dutt said. "He knows the situation there; that he'll get an opportunity to really show what he can do as a player."

Dutt acknowledges that replacing Davis won't be easy. But Bass, he says, is more than up to the challenge.

"I think the Celtics have upgraded, I really do," Dutt said. "And that's no disrespect to Glen Davis. I think Glen is a very good player; he really is. But Brandon ... he's a special player. And in the right situation, the right system, he can prove that. That's why going to Boston is such a great situation for him."

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.