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Celtics' Aron Baynes on possible free agency: 'My heart is still here in Boston'

Celtics' Aron Baynes on possible free agency: 'My heart is still here in Boston'

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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Jaylen Brown trains with NBA stars in California

Jaylen Brown trains with NBA stars in California

On Monday afternoon, Celtics small forward Jaylen Brown worked out in California with trainer Chris Johnson. 

Videos posted to his Instagram story show Brown training with Rodney Hood and Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. Johnson also trained Trey Lyles and Andrew Wiggins on Monday. In one video, Brown and Hood go through a drill in which they euro step a foam defender and shoot a floater over a stationary defender.

Most NBA players try to add at least one specific skill each summer, and Brown could use a couple more tools in his bag. Brown shot 34% from three last year and could improve his shooting off the dribble. And although his playmaking improved, he dished only 1.4 assists per game in 2018-19. 

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Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Celtics second round pick Tremont Waters wants to emulate Isaiah Thomas

Like former Celtics star Isaiah Thomas, Tremont Waters is here to prove the skeptics wrong.

Boston selected the LSU guard in the second round with the 51st pick, but Waters believes he's as talented as the first rounders, he said at Monday's introductory press conference. He also mentioned another second round pick to play to the Boston crowd: Isaiah Thomas. 

"(Thomas) was a smaller guard that came into the league with probably a lot of doubters. And he just showed that as long as he remains himself and plays basketball and has the heart he had, it's going to take care of itself." 

Later in the day, Waters told Amanda Pflugrad of Celtics.com that Thomas is one of his role models. At 5-foot-11, Waters has some height on Thomas, but is still undersized compared to NBA point guards. 

Thomas then responded by offering to talk with Waters, saying "short guys gotta stick together."

In two seasons at LSU, Waters averaged 15.6 points per game. Last year, he was an SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Year, All-SEC First Team member and Bob Cousy Award Finalist. He led the conference in both assists and steals per game.

Depending on whether or not the Celtics bring back Terry Rozier and Brad Wanamaker, Waters will have to dazzle in summer league for even a chance to compete for a position in Boston's crowded backcourt. The Celtics also drafted guards Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards ahead of Waters. 

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