The Orlando Magic and power forward Brandon Bass agreed to a four-year deal worth $18 million on Friday. Bass, 23, played in 81 games last year and averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 19 minutes per night. “He fits well with what we have in the lineup,” Otis Smith said on Friday. “He’s a post-up presence. He can rebound the ball. He can defend the other 4. “He’s someone I’ve liked for a couple years and during the free-agent scouting he’s a name that has been on our board.” This shouldn’t come as a shock to Magic fans, as Bass has been a much-discussed name over the past couple months. The Magic sorely needed (and still need) help on the front line, as Dwight Howard was the only true big man on the roster. At 6-foot-8, Bass is undersized at center, but he did play some minutes at the five in Dallas. He’s expected to be used as a backup to Rashard Lewis and Howard, with Lewis continuing to start at power forward. “That’s up to those guys and how they come in and play,” Smith said. “If they’re effective together we play them together. If not then you look at bringing one or two of them off the bench. But that won’t be decided until the days at practice.” The signing will be just the beginning of free agent moves for the Magic. Stay tuned for more updates.
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