Aron Baynes

#46 PF / Boston Celtics / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-10 Weight: 260 lb Age: 30 College: Washington State

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Maybe American cash translates a funny way into New Zealand currency. Aron Baynes turned down the $6.5 million player option in his Detroit Piston contract to hit free agency, eventually settling on a $4.3 million one-year agreement with Boston. While the pay cut might sting, Baynes' chances for a Finals appearance have increased considering the loaded Celtics roster. And maybe Baynes believes he can improve on the 15.5 minutes per game he received in Detroit, backing up Andre Drummond. The departures of Amir Johnson, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Tyler Zeller certainly open up a lot of big man minutes in Boston. Baynes might also receive a few starts at center should coach Brad Stevens experiment with Al Horford at power forward. It's no secret that Boston needs rebounding help and rim protection. Baynes will battle with German import Daniel Theis to prove who can be the better rebounder off the bench. With potentially eleven new members on the Celtics' roster, including Baynes, expect Stevens to experiment with different lineups throughout the season. That could mean some DNP's as well as some 20 minute games for the 30-year-old Baynes. Most likely, Baynes' role will not be established until the All-Star break

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  • Baynes will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Magic with Marcus Morris (knee) healthy and starting, A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston reports. Baynes started Wednesday's game against the Heat while Morris' status was in question, though he played just 12 minutes. Baynes role has taken a hit in general lately, as he's averaging just 12.4 minutes per game over the past five contests.

  • Celtics' Aron Baynes: Will start Wednesday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Baynes will draw the start in place of Marcus Morris (knee), who is a game-time decision, for Wednesday's game against the Heat. With Morris' status in question, coach Brad Stevens has opted to simply change his starting lineup to accommodate. Baynes has only seen 12.5 minutes per game over the past four contests, but has averaged 6.4 points and 6.3 rebounds across 20.4 minutes per game in starts this season.

  • Celtics' Aron Baynes: Coming off bench Tuesday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Baynes will come off the bench Tuesday against the Nets, Jay King of reports. Marcus Morris will take Baynes' place as the Celtics make the move to a smaller, more favorable lineup against the Nets. Baynes has been productive thus far while seeing about 20 minutes each game, meaning he'll likely see similar time even though he's coming off the bench.

  • Baynes banged out 21 points (8-12 FG, 5-8 FT), eight rebounds and three assists across 23 minutes in Wednesday's 107-96 win over the Lakers. Baynes started at center for Al Horford (concussion) and made the most of the opportunity, tying his career high in points. Baynes surprisingly got the better of Brook Lopez, bruising Lopez on the low post with an assortment of jump hooks and quick shots. The big night from the New Zealander helped Boston win their tenth straight game. The C's don't yet know whether or not Horford can play Friday, which could lead to another nice opportunity for Baynes to shine.

  • Baynes will pick up a second straight start at center for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, Scott Souza of GateHouse Media reports. Baynes picked up the start on Monday with Marcus Morris sitting out for rest and while Morris is back in the lineup Wednesday, Al Horford has now been ruled out with a concussion. That allows Baynes to pick up yet another start, marking his eighth of the season. Look for Baynes to see an uptick in minutes, though he's largely struggled to post fantasy worthy numbers, even when working with the top unit. At best, he'll be a cheaper punt play for Wednesday's DFS slate.

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