While a weekend report suggested that Brandon Bass was likely to exercise his player option, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com says that's not necessarily the case. Multiple sources told Blakely that Bass is a good bet to opt out of his contract, though the forward would like to remain in Boston. Presumably, Bass' top choice would be to renegotiate a multiyear deal with the Celtics.
Here are a few more Monday morning updates on the C's from Blakely and a handful of other Boston scribes….
- GM Danny Ainge isn't ruling out contract offers for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, according to Blakely. Ainge says any Celtic facing free agency will be part of the talent pool the GM eyes this summer.
- Bringing back Garnett and Allen might make the most sense for the Celtics, considering there aren't many franchise-changing talents on the free agent market this offseason, says Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
- Mickael Pietrus' priority is winning a championship, but he'd like to do so with the Celtics, as Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com writes. "I want it to happen, because, with the Celtics, you've got to respect that jersey, it's all about history," Pietrus said. "But, you know, that doesn't mean I'm going somewhere else. They love me. I love them, too. So I'm going to work hard to bring them Banner 18."
- Rajon Rondo's performance in the postseason displayed both why the Celtics have considered trading him and why they're reluctant to do so, writes Frank Dell'Apa of the Boston Globe.
- Peter May of ESPNBoston.com would be surprised if Jeff Green doesn't sign with the Celtics this summer. May also identifies Carl Landry, Kris Humphries, and Ian Mahinmi as possible targets in free agency.