Orlando Sentinel - Magic agree in principle to a 4-year deal with Brandon Bass by
The Orlando Magic have met their No. 1 goal in free agency this off-season: adding a big man. An NBA source has told the Orlando Sentinel that the Magic and free-agent power forward Brandon Bass have reached an agreement in principle for a four-year deal.
At 6 feet 8 and 250 pounds, Bass shores up Orlando's frontline, which had only three players under contract as of Thursday: Dwight Howard, Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson.
Bass, 24, averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Dallas Mavericks. Bass was an unrestricted free agent.
Bass averaged 19.4 minutes per game last year and was the primary backup for PF Dirk Nowitski.
Sticking with the total minutes meme of below, he played 1,574 minutes last year.
Last years Magic top 5 front line played about 10,491 minutes (out of roughly 11,808 available) and had an average age of 27.75 October 1, 2008.Rashard Lewis -- 2859 (29 years old)
Dwight Howard -- 2821 (22 y0)
Hedo Turkoglu -- 2815 (29 yo)
Tony Battie -- 1202 (32 yo)
Marcin Gortat -- 794 (24 yo)
Current Magic front line played 9,895 minutes last year and is considerably younger with an average age of 25.49 on Oct 1, 2009. What remains to be seen is if management believes either Bass or Anderson is capable of filling in at Center for 12 minutes per game.
Rashard Lewis -- 2859 (30 yo)
Dwight Howard -- 2821 (23 yo)
Mickael Pietrus -- 1329 (27 yo)
Brandon Bass 1,574 (24 yo)
Ryan Anderson 1,312 minutes (21 yo)