The Orlando Magic have signed free agent forward Brandon Bass, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. We’ll post contract info later tonight.
“Brandon (Bass) is a physical, athletic frontline player,” said Smith. “He will fit in well with our young core and we are excited to have him join the Magic family.”
Bass (#30, 6’8”, 250, 4/30/85) played in 81 games last season with Dallas, averaging 8.5 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. in 19.4 minpg. He shot .496 (252-508) from the field and .867 (182-210) from the free throw line, which was tied for 19th in the NBA. Bass also appeared in 10 postseason outings, averaging 9.4 ppg. and 4.1 rpg. in 19.2 minpg., shooting .550 (33-60) from the field and .903 (28-31) from the charity stripe. He scored in double figures 31 times, including a season-high 20 points on Feb. 21 vs. Sacramento. Bass also recorded four double-doubles.
Originally selected by New Orleans during the second round (33rd overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft, Bass has played in 210 career NBA regular season games with New Orleans and Dallas, averaging 6.9 ppg. and 3.9 rpg. in 17.0 minpg. He has also appeared in 15 career playoff games, averaging 10.1 ppg. and 5.0 rpg. in 21.7 minpg.