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DALLAS -- Brandon Bass is going from backing up Dirk Nowitzki to likely starting next to Dwight Howard.
Bass agreed Friday on a four-year, $18 million contract with the Orlando Magic, a source close to the process told ESPN.com's Chad Ford.
NBA.com, which first reported the deal, said it included an escape clause after three years.
The Mavericks were hoping to re-sign Bass, but ran out of money and playing time with the acquisition of Shawn Marion. Coincidentally, Dallas is expected to soon get restricted free agent center Marcin Gortat from Orlando; paperwork is going through on an offer sheet that the Magic are expected not to match.
In Orlando, Bass is expected to start at power forward, with Rashard Lewis and newcomer Vince Carter taking over the two wing spots, along with Howard at center and Jameer Nelson at point guard.
Bass is only 23, but he's been in the NBA for four years -- two with the Hornets, the last two with the Mavericks. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over 19.4 minutes per game last season, almost identical to his numbers the previous season.
At 6-foot-8, Bass is a bit undersized for a power forward, but he's got a wide body and plenty of toughness. He also has a good midrange jumper and he made 87 percent of his free throws last season.
So much for what made Orlando's offense unique. Should make them easier to guard, conventionally speaking.
Bass can hit the 10 footer and I think he could be a really good complement to Howard, that team is going to look like this: Nelson, Carter, Lewis,Bass Howard, that is a good team, maybe better than the team they had last year.(I think)
I like what Orlando has done this off-season. I was originally against losing Lee and Hedo in favor of Carter because I don't feel like he has that many great years left in him. Their other moves have really improved them in many ways though. I feel like they can still run their small lineup with Pietrus/Carter/Shard but now they have the versatility to also run a conventional lineup with Carter/Shard/Bass. I think they'll be better than they were last year for sure.