Both the Boston Celtics and veteran big man Aaron Baynes liked what they saw in their one-year relationship.
Staying where I wanted to be!! Last year added fuel to the 🔥 bleed green banner 18 ☘️☘️☘️
— Aron Baynes (@aronbaynes) July 1, 2018
According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe a little after midnight Sunday morning, the Celtics and Baynes agreed on a new deal.
Yahoo’s Shams Charania verified the report, adding that the contract was for two years and $11 million. The second year is reportedly a player option.
Sources: Aron Baynes also receives a player option on the second season in new contract to return to Boston. https://t.co/aIeg1m9Ghx
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2018
After Baynes represented the Celtics at the NBA Awards early last week it seemed to be a forgone conclusion that the New Zealand center would be rejoining the team for another go. Now, it is official.
Baynes played in 81 regular season games last year, starting 67 — by far the most of his career. He averaged 6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.3 minutes a game. He started 12 of 19 playoff games, averaging 20.5 minutes, and put down 11 of 23 3-pointers in an interesting wrinkle.
This likely means the Celtics don’t have full faith in their 2018 first-round draft pick Robert Williams. Baynes will continue to provide depth in the front court with the return of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving likely forcing him into more of a reserve role.