Baynes spent the past two seasons in Detroit, and averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game off the bench in 2016-17. For the Celtics he will likely have a similar role and provide depth at the center position, behind Al Horford and Ante Zizic. Fantasy-wise, it's unlikely he sees an increase in production on his new team.
Baynes revealed Monday that he would decline his $6.5 million player option for 2017-18 and become an unrestricted free agent in July, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.
The Pistons began planning for Baynes' departure last summer, when the club signed Boban Marjanovic to a three-year, $21 million contract. Marjanovic primarily worked as the third-string center until the final few games of the season, when Baynes was phased out of the rotation as the Pistons looked to assess their longer-term assets. Baynes, who averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 75 appearances last season, isn't likely to find a starting role no matter where he lands, but he should see a decent spike in salary given the rising cap and weak market for reserve centers.
Baynes (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 114-109 win over the Rockets on Friday.
The Pistons seem intent on getting an early peak at what next season will look like when Baynes, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is likely with another club. The scope into the future was certainly promising Friday, as Boban Marjanovic, Andre Drummond's projected backup in 2017-18, exploded for a career-high 27 points and added 12 boards in 28 minutes off the bench. Though the Pistons still remain in contention for a playoff spot with three games left on the schedule, Marjanovic's performance Friday showed that the team probably won't lose much by having him in the rotation over Baynes, despite Baynes' standing as one of the league's more reliable backup centers over the past two seasons. It will be worthwhile to track where Baynes lands this summer, but he doesn't figure to carry much fantasy relevance for the rest of the current campaign.
Baynes is expected to see his role decrease in Friday's game against the Rockets with Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy indicating he'd like to play reserve center Boban Marjanovic 20-to-24 minutes, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
Baynes has served as the primary backup to starting center Andre Drummond for much of the season while Marjanovic has typically been a non-rotation player, but with the Pistons' playoff hopes rapidly dwindling, it appears Van Gundy wants to assess the team's frontcourt options for 2017-18. Since Baynes is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and will likely be out of the team's price range, Marjanovic is the favorite to work as Drummond's backup next season. As a result, there's little incentive for Van Gundy to hand Baynes regular minutes while the Pistons play out the string, so don't be surprised if Baynes is held out of the rotation entirely.
Baynes scored 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-3 FT) while adding 17 rebounds in 18 minutes during Sunday's 112-95 win over the Suns.
Phoenix's frontcourt is missing, well, almost everyone at the moment, and Baynes was able to take full advantage of the matchup. The double-double was his second in three games, but considering that he rarely sees even 20 minutes a night from the Pistons' second unit, his fantasy value remains very limited.
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