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NBA Rumors: Celtics put Aron Baynes on trade block to clear cap space

NBA Rumors: Celtics put Aron Baynes on trade block to clear cap space

Aron Baynes is staying with the Boston Celtics ... or so we thought.

The Celtics are making the veteran center available via trade in an effort to clear cap space, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning.

Baynes exercised the $5.4 million player option on his 2019-20 contract with the Celtics just eight days ago. But much has changed since then, with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford now expected to sign elsewhere in free agency.

Those developments could mean a change of course for the Celtics, who now seem keen on freeing up cap space to pursue other top-tier talent, and Baynes, who wants to play with a contender one way or the other at age 32.

If the C's trade Baynes and Horford and Marcus Morris (an unrestricted free agent) both walk, it would leave Boston with essentially no frontcourt depth outside rookie Robert Williams and would signal further change on a club that may look a lot different later this summer.

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Celtics fans will love Kemba Walker's willingness to learn from teammates

Celtics fans will love Kemba Walker's willingness to learn from teammates

Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum all have played five seasons or less in the NBA, but they've still got as much playoff experience as many veterans around the league.

The Celtics have reached the playoffs in five consecutive seasons, and that streak started in Smart's rookie campaign. Boston has made at least the Eastern Conference semifinals in three straight years, including a pair of conference final appearances in 2017 and 2018.

Kemba Walker joined the Celtics as a free agent earlier this month, and one of the reasons he was drawn to the franchise was its winning culture. The star point guard enjoyed a lot of personal success in eight seasons with  the Charlotte Hornets, including three All-Star appearances and an all-NBA third team nod, but he played in only two playoff series (11 games total) over that span.

One of Walker's most impressive traits is his willingness to learn about the game, and he's not shy about asking for help. Celtics reporter Marc D'Amico provided further evidence of this trait with the following story about Walker's mission to prepare for the playoffs.

Winning clearly was a priority for Walker in free agency, and he ultimately picked the right place. No franchise has a better tradition of postseason success than the Celtics, and winning in Boston would allow Walker to establish himself as an upper-echelon NBA star.

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NBA rumors: Celtics to sign Javonte Green to partially guaranteed contract

NBA rumors: Celtics to sign Javonte Green to partially guaranteed contract

The Boston Celtics are not yet finished filling out their roster.

ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported Thursday that the Celtics are going to sign Javonte Green to a partially guaranteed contract.

Green is listed at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds. The 26-year-old forward played four seasons for Big South conference team Radford from 2011-12 through 2014-15 and averaged 14.4 points over his career. He has spent time playing professionally in Europe after college, and as noted in the tweet above, he impressed during Boston's NBA Summer League tournament run in Las Vegas earlier this month.

One thing we learned about Green in Las Vegas is that he has some serious athleticism.

Celtics fans are hoping 7-foot-6 center Tacko Fall is the next Summer League standout to sign a contract with the team. Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Toucher and Rich" show Thursday morning that the team is "trying to still get a contract done" with Fall.

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