If you thought the acquisition of Robert Williams was the end of Aron Baynes tenure in Boston, think again. Celtics Reporter A. Sherrod Blakley reported that “multiple league sources” believe that Aron Baynes will re-sign in Boston on a “multi-year” deal.
The Celtics can give Baynes a starting salary of $5,193,600 through his non-Bird Rights, which should be enough considering the rough market for upcoming free agents this summer.
The interesting part of the report was that this was a multi-year deal. Baynes, who will be turning 31, most likely is choosing security on a team he fits well on over trying to bet on himself for the more lucrative 2019 market.
The move will allow the Celtics to bring along Robert Williams a bit more slowly and gives the team an insurance policy with German big Daniel Theis entering the last year of his contract.
Last season, Baynes averaged 6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and had the 7th best defensive rating in the league. The brusier will look to continue to provide tough interior defense for a Celtics team already loaded with scoring, versatility, and switchability.