2015: Brandon Bass
Right in the thick of the ugly days for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team signed Brandon Bass on the free-agent market. It is crazy how far the Los Angeles Lakers have come — going from signing veterans like Brandon Bass to winning the NBA Championship with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Bass was coming off of a four-year stint with the Boston Celtics and was only entering his age 30 season. While Bass was never a great player, he seemingly still had a decent amount in the tank to be a contributor. So much so that the Lakers were willing to sign Bass to a two-year contact.
Bass only played a season with the Lakers as he had a player option for the season and opted out to instead sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. His tenure with the Lakers ended just as quickly as it started and he is one of the most forgettable Lakers of all-time.
Bass came off the bench in 66 games for the Lakers, averaging 7.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He played 20.3 minutes per game.
The veteran forward was not even in the league a mere two years later. After a one-year stint with the Clippers, Bass could not find a new NBA home and instead signed with the Liaoning Flying Leopards, where he still plays to this day.
Lance Stephenson and O.J. Mayo are Bass’s teammates on the Flying Leopards.