There will be a reunion on Saturday when the Boston Celtics host the Phoenix Suns, as Suns center Aron Baynes will face off against his old Celtics teammates in Boston.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens apparently still hasn’t gotten over the Baynes trade and it’s easy to see why considering Baynes is a great player, person and locker room presence:
Brad Stevens on Aron Baynes: "It was a sad day for me when we traded him. … Great impact in our locker room, great impact on the court, great impact on our coaching staff. Just, like, a pro’s pro. And all-time energy. One of the best energy raisers I’ve ever been around.”
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) January 18, 2020
Baynes played two seasons with the Celtics. Boston traded him to the Suns this past offseason. His move from Boston to Phoenix wasn’t talked about that much by pundits, but with the Suns playing decent and Baynes putting up career-high numbers, people outside of Phoenix are starting to pay attention to what Baynes and the Suns are doing.
In 32 games this season, Baynes is averaging 11.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 49.7 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from beyond the arc. He is making $5.4 million this season. Baynes will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason and is setting himself up for a nice payday.
The Celtics will be eager to defeat Baynes and the Suns. Boston has lost two games in a row. The Celtics lost to the Detroit Pistons at home on Wednesday and followed that up with a road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.
The Celtics are 27-13 on the season. They are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings.