Report: Brandon Bass signs 1-year deal with Clippers instead of Spurs

Free agent Brandon Bass has agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. Bass reportedly had the same offer from the San Antonio Spurs, but chose the Clippers because of his history with president and coach Doc Rivers, plus some recruiting from players.

Bass, 31, played for Rivers with the Boston Celtics from 2011 to 2013, and this means that there have already been plenty of jokes about Rivers' decision-making process.


This particular move is not the same as adding Nate Robinson, though. Bass will contribute for Los Angeles, and for the minimum he is a bargain. He's a solid screen setter and a reliable 15-foot jump shooter, and he's coming off the most efficient season of his career because he cut out most of his long 2s.

The Clippers just signed a similar player in Marreese Speights, so the move is a little surprising. Had Bass gone to the Spurs, he still would have had competition for backup power forward minutes -- they just signed stretch forward Davis Bertans.

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Here's what Los Angeles' depth chart looks like now:

PG: Chris Paul, Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton

SG: J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

SF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Wesley Johnson, Paul Pierce, Branden Dawson

PF: Blake Griffin, Brandon Bass, Marreese Speights, Brice Johnson

C: DeAndre Jordan, Diamond Stone

This is pending a few things: Pierce could retire, and Dawson's contract is not guaranteed. Los Angeles also has the rights to point guard David Michineau, the No. 39 pick in the draft, but the team is undecided about where he'll play next season, per the Los Angeles Times' Brad Turner.

You'll notice there's a lack of depth at center. The Clippers lost Cole Aldrich in free agency, and they didn't really replace him. Unless No. 40 pick Diamond Stone is impressive enough to earn rotation minutes right away, that means that Griffin, Bass and Speights could all see minutes at the 5 when Jordan is on the bench ... assuming that Rivers doesn't go out and sign Ryan Hollins next.

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