Bass signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Liaoning Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association, international writer David Pick reports.
A 12-year NBA veteran, Bass has bounced around a bit of late, playing for three different teams in as many seasons. He spent the 2016-17 campaign with the Clippers, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds across 11.1 minutes, which was his smallest workload overall since the 2009-10 season. After failing to receive much interest on the free agent market, Bass will head overseas to resume his playing career. He could attempt to latch on with an NBA team following the international season, though it's unclear how many suitors he'd have.
Bass totaled 10 points (4-5 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist over 12 minutes in Monday's 125-96 win over the Rockets.
Bass made the most of his limited opportunity, tallying double-digit points for the first time since March 21 in the process. Bass hadn't seen more than eight minutes since that contest and had been left out of the rotation in five games over that span, so his opportunity Monday was essentially an outlier. The 12-year veteran could see some playing time in Wednesday's regular-season finale versus the Kings if the game turns into a blowout, but a potential role in the postseason rotation would be hard to predict at this point.
Bass went for 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-5 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block over 24 minutes in Thursday's 129-114 loss to the Nuggets.
After being out of the rotation over the last three games -- and in five of the last seven overall -- Bass received plenty of run with the Clippers' starting frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin sitting for rest. The 12-year veteran responded with his second-highest scoring total of the season in what equaled his largest allotment of minutes on the campaign, but he's likely to go right back to a reduced or non-existent role as soon as Saturday night's tilt versus the Cavaliers.
Bass (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 116-102 win over the Celtics on Monday.
Bass hasn't appeared in three of the Clippers' last five games with coach Doc Rivers leaning primarily on DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin and Marreese Speights to handle the bulk of the minutes in the frontcourt. With averages of 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game on the season, Bass should remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Bass (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 107-102 loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
With Blake Griffin having played in five straight games following his return from a knee procedure, there's been fewer minutes to go around in the frontcourt lately, and Bass now looks like he'll be at risk of falling out of the rotation some nights. Bass had only been averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game in his four appearances prior to Sunday, so most fantasy owners were likely already ignoring him anyway.
Bass supplied 10 points (5-5 FG, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, four assists and a steal over 19 minutes in Thursday's 104-101 loss to the Timberwolves.
The veteran forward continues to be efficient in his modest bench role, and he notably outpaced fellow big man Mareese Speights in playing time on the night. Bass has back-to-back 10-point efforts and has been in double digits in the scoring column in four of seven January contests. While he's seeing only an average of 13.4 minutes in those games, Bass is averaging a season-high 7.0 points in the current month.
Bass went for 10 points (4-6 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and a steal over 18 minutes in Monday's 120-98 win over the Thunder.
Bass received double-digit minutes for the third time in six January games, after having seen that allotment of playing time in seven of the last eight December contests. The veteran forward continues to produce if given the opportunity, as Monday's output represented his third double-digit scoring effort in those three games when he's received more than 10 minutes of run. Mareese Speights continues to slot ahead of him, however, and Blake Griffin's eventual return could push Bass even further down the rotation.
Bass contributed 18 points (7-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds and one block across 24 minutes during a 114-88 loss to the Thunder on Saturday.
Bass scored a season-high 18 points in the loss, and also received a season-high 24 minutes as the team got destroyed by Oklahoma City. He has only reached double figures in scoring twice this season, and both of those games have come in the last week. Bass is seeing more minutes with Blake Griffin (knee) sidelined, and if he continues to be productive, he may see an increased role in the offense going forward.
Bass (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 111-102 loss to the Pacers.
Since Sunday's game never really got out of hand, coach Doc Rivers wasn't able to find room in the rotation for Bass, who hasn't been a regular option off the bench this season. Bass has appeared in 12 of the Clippers' 22 games, averaging a meager 3.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per contest.
Bass (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Thursday's 114-106 win over the Trail Blazers.
Starting center DeAndre Jordan played an abnormally low 28 minutes, but power forward Blake Griffin (37 minutes) benefited from a larger workload than normal while Marreese Speights (16 minutes) picked up the remaining playing time in the frontcourt, leaving no rotation spot open for Bass. Coach Doc Rivers' management of the bench minutes will likely be dictated by matchups in most games, so there could still be an opportunity for Bass to stake his claim to a regular rotation role as the season unfolds.
Bass compiled 12 points (4-9 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 37 minutes in Monday's 104-78 preseason loss to the Jazz.
The veteran got the start at the five with DeAndre Jordan sitting out for rest and performed admirably, turning in the second-best scoring total among the makeshift starting five. Bass has back-to-back double-digit scoring outings, shooting 50 percent (11-for-22) from the field over that span. He'll likely slot for 15-18 minutes off the bench behind Jordan to start the regular season, capping his overall upside.
Bass will draw the start at center for Monday's preseason matchup with the Jazz, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.
Bass is slated to open the season backing up DeAndre Jordan at center, but Jordan is getting the night off Monday for rest, allowing Bass to get some run with the top unit. However, Jordan is slated to return to the lineup during Tuesday's preseason finale, so Bass' stint in the starting lineup will be short-lived. Bass should provide the Clippers with some additional offense off the bench during the 2016-17 campaign, but may struggle to see significant minutes on a consistent basis.
Bass tallied 16 points (7-13 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and a block over 23 minutes in Thursday's 109-108 preseason victory over the Blazers.
Bass shared the bench scoring lead with Mareese Speights in what was his best performance in four preseason contests. The dependable veteran got the exhibition slate started with a forgettable 1-for-7 night against the Warriors on Oct. 4, but has shot 63.2 percent (12-for-19) over the subsequent three games. Bass at times proved capable of offering solid production last season with the Lakers over 20.3 minutes per contest, but could see a drop in playing time due to Speights' presence, as well as the ability of DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin to shoulder a heavy workload.
Bass signed a one-year, $1.55 million contract with the Clippers on Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
With the signing of Bass, the Clippers continue to boost their frontcourt depth after drafting Brice Johnson, re-signing Luc Mbah a Moute and picking up Marreese Speights off the free agent market. However, with the newly-acquired depth, it could put Bass in timeshare, which would hurt his overall fantasy value. Bass averaged just over 20 minutes with the Lakers this past season -- his lowest over the last five seasons -- but will likely find even more competition on a playoff caliber Clippers' team.
Bass will decline his player option to remain with the Lakers for the 2016-17 season, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Bass can opt in for just over $3 million next season, but after a frustrating season with a poor Lakers team, the veteran will hit the open market and likely pursue a multi-year deal with a contending squad. With the salary cap set to expand, Bass, who's still only 30 years old, should be able to land a more lucrative contract, despite failing to start a game in 2015-16 for the first time since 2008-09. Bass closed the season with averages of 7.2 points on 54.9 percent shooting from the field to go with 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.3 minutes.
Bass (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in Sunday's 107-100 loss to the Celtics. Coach Byron Scott said after the game that he plans to sit Bass and fellow veteran Lou Williams over the final six games, Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times reports.
With Bass likely to pursue free agency in the offseason, the Lakers are looking to get an early head start on assessing some of their other younger frontcourt options for 2016-17. Bass, who has excelled in a reserve role this season to the tune of 7.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on 54.9 percent shooting over 66 appearances, will likely aim to land with a contender this summer.
Bass had 18 points (7-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 27 minutes during the Lakers' 107-100 win against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
Bass has scored 10 points or more in his last four appearances, and in seven of the last eight. His fantasy appeal is still limited to deeper leagues, but Bass is enjoying his best month of 2015-16. Through nine contests in March, he is averaging 11.1 points on 58 percent from the field to go with 5.3 rebounds, one assist, one block, and 0.4 steals in 25 minutes per appearance.
Bass (eye) is expected to play Friday against the Suns, TWC Sports Net's Mike Trudell reports.
Bass was held out of Tuesday's game against the Kings due to a corneal abrasion on his right eye, but he was able to practice Wednesday and Thursday and is now likely to suit up against Phoenix. Even if Bass is able to give it a go Friday, it should still be expected that Julius Randle and Larry Nance will see most of the minutes at power forward for the Lakers.
Bass (eye) practiced again Thursday, but remains questionable for Friday's game against the Suns, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Bass, who is dealing with a scratched cornea, ditched goggles for the practice, saying that he didn't like the way they felt on his face. While his participation in practice is a good sign, he'll still head in for an eye appointment Friday morning, after which a determination on his status for later in the evening will be made. Bass sat out Tuesday's loss to the Kings due to the eye injury.
Bass (eye) took part in a non-contact practice Wednesday, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Bass, who sat out Tuesday's game against the Kings with a corneal abrasion, is still experiencing some sensitivity to light, so it remains uncertain if he'll be back on the floor for Friday's tilt with the Suns. The Lakers will likely monitor Bass' progress over the next couple of days before making a ruling on his status for Friday's game.
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