NBA Rumor Central: Bass chooses free agency

Former Boston forward Brandon Bass agreed to a two-year, $6.1 million deal with the Lakers in the offseason. AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Forward Brandon Bass has decided one season with the Los Angeles Lakers is enough. According to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Bass will decline his 2016-17 player option worth $3.13 million.

Bass signed with the Lakers on July 9 as he anticipated having a prominent role on the team. Well, he played in 66 games and averaged just 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Bass, now an 11-year NBA veteran, may seek to sign with a 2017 playoff contender this July as a free agent.

With Bass coming off the books, the Lakers now have just $23.12 million in committed salaries for next season. The current estimate for the 2016-17 salary cap is $90 million.