It looks like the Los Angeles Lakers will have an extra $3 million or so to spend this offseason.
According to Chris Haynes from Cleveland.com, Lakers big man Brandon Bass will decline his $3.1 million player option and become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Bass, 30, averaged 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 20.3 minutes per game in his first season with the Lakers.
Lakers F Brandon Bass to decline 2016-17 player option, become unrestricted free agent this summer, league source informs @clevelanddotcom.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) April 20, 2016
The Baton Rogue native appeared in just 66 games, and was benched down the stretch in order to create more playing time for the younger players on the Lakers’ roster.
It will be interesting to see whether the Lakers look to re-sign Bass to a higher salary deal or let him walk.
Bass is a solid veteran both on the court and in the locker room, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the Lakers did attempt to retain his services.
Overall, the Lakers could have up to $60 million in cap space to spend this summer, so they could likely justify inking Bass to a bigger contract once July rolls around.