Celts go big with signing of Baynes
LAS VEGAS — The Celtics decided to tap into the Detroit Pistons market once again, this time signing Aron Baynes, a backup center on last year’s team.
The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Australian provided solid backup minutes to Andre Drummond last season. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game, but probably from the start will be the most capable rebounder in the Celtics lineup.
A team source confirmed a Vertical report that the team used its mid-level exception on Baynes for his one-year, $4.1 million deal.
The Celtics are well-acquainted with Baynes, who in addition to his ability to consume a backboard, has also shown the ability to shoot from mid-range. He is also a paint-plugger who should give the Celtics a long-needed inside presence.
The Celtics also traded for Baynes’ former Pistons teammate, Marcus Morris, last week in exchange for Avery Bradley as part of their need to shed salary to fit Gordon Hayward’s four-year, $128 million deal under the salary cap.