Celtics forward Brandon Bass was nearly traded once this season—to the Rockets, in a deal that would have brought back Houston center Omer Asik—and sources have told Sporting News that Bass remains the most-discussed player on the Boston roster ahead of next Thursday’s trade deadline.

Bass is a veteran big man with playoff experience, averaging 10.9 points and 5.9 rebounds this season. He has a reasonable contract, which pays him $6.5 million this year and $6.9 million next year.

“He is a good fit in a lot of places,” one league executive said. “He can start, he can come off the bench, he can make shots, he can play center against small lineups. A lot of teams need a guy like that.”