Aussies in NBA: Aron Baynes signs 1-year deal with Boston Celtics

Jan 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes (12) looks on during the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Aron Baynes has found a new home.

According to The Vertical’s Shams Charania, the Boomers big man has agreed to a deal worth $4.3 million with the Boston Celtics for a year. This deal is lower than his final $6.5 million year with the Detroit Pistons, which he opted out of.

Aron Baynes proved himself to be a solid backup to Andre Drummond last season, especially in Hack-an-Andre situations when free throw shooting was crucial to the game’s outcome. Drummond, who shot 38.6% from the charity stripe last season, would be replaced in favour of Baynes, a much better free throw shooter at 84% last season (career 81.1%).

Baynes was also an essential part of the Australian Boomers’ front court recent Olympic run, alongside Andrew Bogut.

Baynes offers a pinch of everything from rebounding, to shot blocking and scoring (excluding three-point shooting) rated 11.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per 36 minutes last season (link).


On paper, it looks like Baynes will be a good fit for his new team. The Boston Celtics need some size on their front court, especially after losing Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk in free agency. Baynes will help their rebounding issues, and at the same time be a veteran presence who can help out immediately, while their younger big men (Ante Zizic, Guershon Yabusele, Semi Ojeleye) develop and get used to the NBA pace of play.

He will also be able to lighten Al Horford’s minutes at the center spot through the 82-game grind, and gives the Celtics the option of playing a more traditional lineup, versus small ball.

Anyone knows a great place for barbie in Boston? An Aussie might be keen to know.



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2 Responses

  1. Robert Smith says:

    Boston was not in any of the rumours about Baynes I heard but as you say it makes sense for the Celtics.
    The dollars and 1 year may be disappointing for Baynes but it seems to reflect the market this year especially for bigs. A lot of teams are capped out so can’t offer a lot & want to keep flexibility for next year so long term contracts are more rare. Mills & Ingles may have been smart to sign quickly with their teams for several years instead of playing the field.
    Baynes has a chance to do well with Celtics. His opportunities were always limited with Pistons with Drummond playing most of the minutes. All the reviews I have seen both articles & the SB Nation fan blog praised the work he did with Pistons. Now I can drop the Pistons blog & follow Celtics more closely.

    • Kein Kein says:

      Baynes has the opportunity to show his work this year and get a better deal next summer, it was the best option under the circumstances. I had actually ruled out Boston as an option for Baynes earlier, as I had assumed they were priced out with limited cap space and what I felt was Baynes priority: to get a solid long-term contract. (Obviously the market decided otherwise.)

      Really looking forward to him getting expanded minutes, he’s always been very efficient with what he does on the court!

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