The 10 worst free agent signings in Orlando Magic history
6. Brandon Bass
4 year, $18.5 million in 2009
Brandon Bass was a serviceable player during his couple of seasons in Orlando. His contract was not abysmal either, but it was not great at the same time.
Before coming to Orlando, Bass played for a couple of seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game over that time. Most memorably, he was the recipient of Jason Kidd’s 10,000th career assist.
Hours after the Hedo Turkoglu sign-and-trade to the Toronto Raptors, Brandon Bass became a member of the Magic as they tried to get over the hump following their 2009 Finals appearance. The team signed him to a four-year, $18.5 million pact.
Bass came off the bench during his first season, averaging a mere 13 minutes per game as he got beat fairly quickly by Ryan Anderson (acquired alongside Vince Carter on draft night). His numbers reflected his small role, as he averaged 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.
He had a bigger role in his second season. He started a majority of the games he played and averaged a much more robust 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. It was not enough to guarantee his future in Orlando, though.
After two seasons, the Orlando Magic dealt Bass to the Boston Celtics, where he had some of the best years of his career. In return, the Magic received Glen Davis and Von Wafer. Bass squeezed out another six years of his NBA career before ending his playing days in China.