Boston Celtics big man Aron Baynes just completed his second season in Beantown, but the Aussie has a player option for next season. While Baynes could opt out of the $5.45 million option, he wants to remain in Boston:
“I love Boston. Boston’s been great to me. My family is comfortable here,” Baynes said on The Celtics Beat podcast. “I have to have a chat with Danny (Ainge) and Brad (Stevens) in the next couple of weeks. Want to see what their thoughts are as well. If everything lines up, I’d still love to come back.”
The 2018-19 campaign was not all that kind to Baynes, who dealt with myriad injuries that limited him to just 51 games on the season. During that time, he averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds over 16.1 minutes per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, 34.4 percent from 3-point range and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Baynes originally signed with the Celtics during the summer of 2017 and ended up playing a pivotal role for a Boston club that made the Eastern Conference Finals that ensuing season, registering 6.0 points and 5.4 boards across 18.3 minutes a night while making 47.1 percent of his field goal attempts.
The center, who played his collegiate basketball at Washington State, went undrafted but ended up seeing his first NBA action with the San Antonio Spurs back in 2012-13.
Baynes spent the first three years of his career with the Spurs before landing with the Detroit Pistons for two seasons.
Known for his defensive presence and newfound ability to space the floor, Baynes has clearly been a positive player for the Celtics these last two years:
“My heart is still in this…I want to add to the Celtics legacy,” added Baynes.
Baynes will turn 33 years old in December.