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Report: Aron Baynes opting in with Celtics

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BOSTON, MA - MARCH 29: Aron Baynes #46 of the Boston Celtics argues a call with official Tony Brown during the game against the Indiana Pacers at TD Garden on March 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

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Aron Baynes opted out of a $6.5 million salary with the Pistons in 2017 then settled for $4,328,000 from the Celtics.

With a $5,453,280 player option for next season, Baynes isn’t repeating that mistake.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Baynes is a big defensive-minded interior presence. If Al Horford leaves, Baynes could even start at center for Boston next season. If Horford stays, Baynes could continue freeing Horford from the physical toll of playing center as often.

In a league overstocked with solid centers, the 32-year-old Baynes doesn’t have the production to stand out from the large crowd. But he’s a solid veteran who fits well.

If he opted out, would he command as large a salary in free agency? Probably not.

But are the Celtics content to have him back at this amount? Probably.