Baynes, along with the 24th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, was traded to the Suns on Thursday in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. This was a salary dump for the Celtics, who wanted Baynes off the books in order to create more salary cap space for this summer. With the Suns likely keeping their focus on young talent, it's unclear what kind of role Baynes will play in Phoenix should they keep him on the roster. Should he remain in the desert, he will likely be playing second fiddle at center to second-year big man Deandre Ayton.
Baynes exercised his $5.9 million player option for 2019-20 Wednesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Baynes has played a meaningful role as Boston's reserve center over the past two seasons. He's appeared in 132 regular-season and 28 playoff games with the Celtics, averaging 5.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists across 17.5 minutes in regular-season action.
Baynes will start Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports. Baynes will start for the first time in the Celtics' second-round series. Compared to the first-round series against Indiana in which he averaged 19.3 minutes, Baynes' seen his workload decrease to a mere 7.0 minutes per game in four contests with the Bucks. With the Celtics facing elimination, Baynes could be in line for a heavy workload if he can manage to hinder some of Milwaukee's offensive salvo.
Baynes (ankle) is available for Tuesday's Game 2 against Milwaukee. Baynes suffered a sprained left ankle in Game 1, but he'll play through it during Game 2. In the series opener, he posted four points and one steal in nine minutes.
Head coach Brad Stevens said he expects Baynes (ankle) to play in Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks, Jay King of The Athletic reports. Baynes suffered the left ankle sprain in Game 1 and ended up playing just nine minutes in the victory. However, it looks like Baynes should be good to go for the series' second outing, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was limited again should he be available.
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