Bass: 'I knew where I wanted to be'

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Bass: 'I knew where I wanted to be'

WALTHAM When Brandon Bass decided to become a free agent this summer, there was a sense that the 6-foot-9 forward would have plenty of suitors.

To him, it didn't matter.

His first choice from the outset was to return to Boston, a goal that became a reality on Saturday when he signed a three-year deal that CSNNE.com reported last week would be worth 20 million.

"I had other offers out, but I knew where I wanted to be and that's back in a green jersey playing for the Celtics," Bass said. "It's a great organization, a great group of guys who are all about winning. I'm excited to be back."

And the C's are excited to have him back, especially when you consider how well he played last season.

His decision to re-sign with the Celtics came after the C's got a commitment from Kevin Garnett, whose three-year, 34 million contract also became official on Saturday.

Their returns meant that the C's would have the same starting five that they had at the end of this past season. While Garnett's return came as a surprise to few (it was either coming back to Boston, or retirement for Garnett), there was some uncertainty as to whether Boston would be able to re-sign Bass.

"Bringing Brandon back to the team was a top priority of ours after the season had ended," said Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations. "Brandon has improved as a player every year that he has been in the NBA and we believe that the best is yet to come from him."

Bass averaged a career-high 12.5 points per game last season, starting in 39 of his 59 appearances. While Bass is certainly coming off a strong season, he still feels there's room - lots of room - to improve.

"I think I still have a long ways to go," Bass said. "I'm ready to get back in the gym, and come back a little bit better a lot better."

Bass added, "I got big dreams. I'm 27 now. Some of my cousins say I'm getting old, but I think I'm still young and I still got big dreams of doing big things in the league. I want to make my imprint on the organization, on a team. I think this is the perfect team."

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

Drummond to Boston? Pistons big man's tweets fuel speculation

BOSTON -- Two of the NBA’s biggest names on the trade market, Serge Ibaka and DeMarcus Cousins, changed zip codes (Ibaka to Toronto from Orlando, Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento) without the Celtics showing much interest in swinging a deal for either player.

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Could it be because they had their sights set on Detroit’s Andre Drummond all along?
 
Pistons general manager/head coach Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about talking with lots of teams about his players leading up to the trade deadline, well aware that his team has been one of the league’s biggest underachievers.

Detroit (27-30) is eighth in the Eastern Conference, trailing first-place Cleveland by 13 games.
 
Drummond was reportedly offered to Sacramento as part of a deal for Cousins, so it should not come as a surprise that his name has found its way into the rumor mill.
 
Still, Drummond only added fuel to the rumor mill fire by re-tweeting the eyeball emojis posted by the Celtics' Isaiah Thomas, something Thomas did shortly before Boston added Al Horford to the mix last summer.


 
And then Drummond followed that up by posting his own set of eyeball emojis on Tuesday, which adds to the speculative nature of a trade-deadline season that ends Thursday at 3 p.m.


 
Drummond, a former UConn standout, is an easy-going, fun-loving guy, so the emoji stuff isn’t all that out of character for him. But he also changed his Twitter profile picture to him waving goodbye. after removing Pistons information from his bio.

Is he pulling our leg, or giving a heads-up that the Celtics are close to pulling off a trade?
 
A league source tells CSNNE.com that while no deal is imminent, Boston is a possible landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons are, in fact, planning on trading him. That, says the source,"is not a definite. [Van Gundy] knows he has to do something significant with that team, if not at the deadline [then] definitely this summer.

"So he’s looking to find out the value for all his guys, Drummond included.”