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Aron Baynes reportedly did not talk to other teams during free agency

Cameron Kerry
August 03, 2018 - 10:49 am

The Celtics locked down center Aron Baynes early in the free agency process, signing the big man to a two year, $11 million contract. According to Brian Robb of Boston Sports Journal, Baynes didn't even talk to other teams.

"I didn't talk to anyone else because I knew that this was where I wanted to be," Baynes told Robb. "Like I said, this felt unfinished last year. The goal coming back is we know exactly where we want to be and what it's going to take. It's about trying to get there and both parties saw that. Hopefully, we can help each other attain that ultimate goal."

The six-year NBA veteran averaged 6.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game, the highest of his career. He proved to be a defensive anchor and a tireless worker on the glass. His large frame allowed him to match up well with other centers. He challenged Joel Embiid in the Eastern Conference semifinals, physically battling with the Sixers star while Al Horford spent the majority of defensive possessions shadowing Ben Simmons. 

The Celtics are brimming with talent coming into the 2018-19 season, which could slightly reduce Baynes' role. Baynes will still see the floor due to his sheer size and tenacity on the boards. A mutually beneficial deal for the Celtics and Baynes, the New Zealand product showed his loyalty to the Celtics after just one year by solely negotating with the green and white.