The Suns have no plans to buy Baynes out of his contract and are expected to keep him on the roster in 2019-20, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
Boston shipped Baynes to Phoenix last week, with Phoenix receiving the 24th overall pick and sending back a 2020 first-round pick for taking on the center, who is due $5.9 million for the upcoming season after exercising his player option earlier in the offseason. Though the Suns remain in rebuilding mode and can't promise the 32-year-old a major role, the organization appears to value Baynes as a capable veteran backup to starting center and 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton. The arrival of Baynes and the Suns' supposed intention of keeping him suggests the team may not be in the market to re-sign Richaun Holmes, who served as Ayton's primary understudy last season.
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.
Baynes is considered questionable for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Bucks due to a left ankle sprain.
Baynes limped off the court in Game 1 after turning his ankle, and his status for the second matchup of the series is in jeopardy at this point. The Celtics should have a better idea on the big man's status closer to tipoff. Marcus Morris would see a heavier workload if Baynes can't go.
Baynes banged out four points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) and one steal across nine minutes in Sunday's 112-90 Game 1 road win over the Bucks.
Baynes, who again tweaked his left ankle, played a minor role during Boston's surprising Game 1 road win. Coach Brad Stevens preferred to go small, starting Marcus Morris at the power forward spot. In post-game interviews, Baynes claimed he was ready to go back into Game 1 despite the ankle injury, per A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston. Stevens has kept his lineups close to the vest during the playoffs, though one would expect to again see Morris get the start Tuesday based on Sunday's success.
Baynes did not return to Sunday's game in Milwaukee as a precaution after rolling his left ankle, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Between the Celtics holding a big lead in the fourth quarter and the history of Baynes rolling his left ankle this year, head coach Brad Stevens decided to not put him back on the floor to avoid risking another injury. He'll be evaluated Monday to make sure nothing gets worse overnight, but he was cleared by trainers to return Sunday and should be considered probable to play Tuesday. Prior to leaving Sunday's contest, Baynes had scored four points (1-1 FG, 1-1 3PT, 1-2 FT) with one steal in nine minutes.
Baynes (ankle) has been cleared to return to Sunday's matchup with the Bucks.
Boston diagnosed their center with just a rolled left ankle after he fell to the floor in the third quarter. He'll be available to return to the game and there shouldn't be any concern that the injury will have a long-lasting effect unless he were to aggravate it again.
Baynes went to the locker room in the third quarter Sunday against the Bucks with an apparent ankle injury, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
The Celtics' center took a spill to the floor, and after staying down for a while he was able to walk off the court under his own power and go straight to the locker room. He's questionable to return to the matchup, although Boston would have a tough time replacing him if he needs to miss an extended time period.
Baynes had just two points, two rebounds, and one steal in 18 minutes during Sunday's 110-106 victory over Indiana.
Baynes did very little to trouble the scorers Sunday, ending the victory with just two points in 18 minutes. He is basically out there as a big body to match up with the size of Indiana and barely features in their offensive structures.
Baynes (ankle) is off the injury report ahead of Sunday's Game 1 against the Pacers, Jared Weiss of The Athletic reports.
Baynes missed the final game of the regular season due to left ankle soreness, but he's good to go for the playoffs. He's started his past eight appearances, averaging 7.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 assist in 23.4 minutes.
Baynes will be held out of Tuesday's game against the Wizards due to left ankle soreness, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Baynes appears to be nursing a minor injury, but the Celtics are likely more concerned with resting their key rotation players with the postseason set to begin over the weekend.
Baynes scored 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-1 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal in 27 minutes during Friday's 117-97 win over the Pacers.
Since returning to the starting lineup, Baynes is averaging a modest 7.7 points, 8.0 boards and 1.3 blocks over the last seven games, but he does have all three of his double-doubles on the season. If he hangs onto his role in the playoffs, the 32-year-old could have some sneaky DFS value.
Baynes banged out 10 points (3-3 FG, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 112-102 road win over the Heat.
The win marks Baynes' sixth straight game in the starting lineup for Boston, proving he now seems to be fully recovered from the ankle issues he faced in March. A night of perfect shooting tends to make ailing injuries feel better. Baynes' interior defense will once again be needed Friday as the Celtics travel to Indiana for a key playoff seeding match-up with the Pacers. Expect another start from Baynes, especially if Marcus Morris' ankle injury is still an issue.
Baynes will get the start for Saturday's game with Brooklyn, John Karalis of MassLive.com reports.
Baynes will start in place of Al Horford, who's out for rest purposes. In 13 starts this year, Baynes is averaging 6.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 17.6 minutes.
Baynes tallied nine points, eight rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Sunday's 115-96 loss to the Spurs.
Baynes made his return after missing just one game with an ankle injury, slotting into the starting lineup with Al Horford (knee) unavailable. Baynes can be a solid enough points and boards streamer on those occasions he sees enough playing time. Unfortunately, that typically comes only every so often and so he is more of a deep league asset only.
Baynes (ankle) is available to play in Sunday's game against San Antonio, Celtics play-by-play announcer Sean Grande reports.
Baynes' ankle injury ended up not being too serious, as it only caused him to miss one game. With Al Horford (knee) and Robert Williams (back) out, and assuming Baynes is 100 percent, the big man should see plenty of minutes at center Sunday.
Baynes (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against San Antonio.
Baynes rolled his ankle Wednesday night against the Sixers, and while he was held out of Saturday's loss to Charlotte, there's hope that he'll be able to get back on the floor Sunday. If he is cleared to play, Baynes could find himself in the starting lineup with Al Horford (knee) and Robert Williams (back) already ruled out.
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