Could Bass price himself out of Boston?


Could Bass price himself out of Boston?

Brandon Bass doesn't have to think about a sign-and-trade with the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo anymore, seeing as the Grizzlies didn't make Mayo a qualifying offer, which in turn makes him an unrestricted free agent.

But Bass is still looking to cash in, and being an unrestricted free agent himself coming off a career year, it shouldn't be hard. Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely offered a glimpse of the type of money Bass is looking for in his next contract, and it doesn't look like there's a whole lot of wiggle room for Danny Ainge and the Celtics.

"He wants to be north of four years, 25.7 million dollars," Blakely told CSNNE's Greg Dickerson on the Celtics Draft Show. "I was told that that would be a point of discussion starting point. And I don't know how much more Danny is going to go beyond that, but certainly he's looking to get a little bit more than Glen Davis got."

So, would you be willing to give Bass a deal in the range Blakely says he's looking for?

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."