While big names like Chris Paul (Houston) and Paul George (Oklahoma City) were re-upping with their teams once NBA free agency became official at midnight Saturday, the Celtics retained one of their own, as well. Aron Baynes is coming back.
As was first reported by Yahoo! Sports, Baynes has agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal with the Celtics, with the second year possessing a player option.
The move should be received well by Celtics fans, with Baynes providing key minutes for last season’s club. Despite only averaging six points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game last season, the 31-year-old’s ability to contest shots and protect the rim was a skill-set Brad Stevens’ desperately needed.
Baynes’ presence often allowed the Celtics to start Al Horford and big forward, a move that allowed Horford to thrive in multiple sets. The C’s now don’t have to rely on rookie Robert Williams to supply a regular inside presence.
The Celtics will most likely now turn their attention to re-signing Marcus Smart.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog