We know what we hope for Matt Bonner, who’s carved out a 12-year NBA career without a trace of arrogance.

Bonner is a long-range shooting specialist who once led the NBA in 3-point shooting. He possesses an unmatched work ethic, an affable manner and a connection to any and every community he touches.

He can teach younger players about class and maturity and pushing others in practice. He’s mastered the art of public relations and does charitable work, making him a desirable commodity as an ambassador of the game. He once served as vice president of the NBA Players Association.

We know this. We know these qualities might push a team to sign the big redhead, who’s currently unemployed and back in New Hampshire, pushing himself at both Holderness School, where I met him Friday, and New Hampton School.

But we know something else, too: Maybe Matt Bonner is fooling himself.