Despite the 2018-19 NBA season not going as planned for the Celtics, Aron Baynes' love for playing in Boston hasn't changed.
Baynes, who has a $5.5 million player option for the 2019-20 season, addressed the possibility of exploring free agency this summer during a community event at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. It's clear the big man wants to stay put, but wishes to talk things over with Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens before making any decisions.
“I haven’t really thought too much about that,” Baynes said. “I know my heart’s still here in Boston. I love Boston. It’s been great to my family. There’s no better place to play than TD Garden during the playoffs or when you’re in the middle of a comeback. So if I’m thinking of that, I know where I want to be. But at the same time I’ve got to talk with Danny, I’ve got to talk to Brad and see what their thoughts are as well. I want to be in the right situation.”
Baynes, 32, has been a valuable commodity for the Celtics but was plagued by injuries throughout the 2018-19 campaign. The C's disappointing finish plus Baynes' inability to stay on the floor may mean he has some unfinished business in Boston.
“There’s only one thing you can look to achieve when you come to Boston,” Baynes said. “With the legacy they have here, you want to add to that legacy."
Between Baynes, Kyrie Irving's impending free agency, and the potential pursuit of Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, the Celtics have a busy offseason ahead.
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