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After buying and selling Avery Bradley to clear max cap area for Gordon Hayward, the Celtics can squeeze Baynes into their cap sheet utilizing the room exception. All of these offers are nonetheless pending finalization.
Baynes will assist fortify a Celtics frontcourt that was in dire want of some measurement. Boston ranked twenty seventh within the NBA in rebound fee final season, and dropping their 4 greatest rebounders (by particular person rebound proportion) in Tyler Zeller, Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson, and (almost definitely) Jonas Jerebko this summer time did not assist the trigger. Baynes’ 15.6-% rebound price would’ve led the Celtics final season, by a mile.
The 30-yr-previous New Zealand native spent the final two years with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 5.6 factors and four.6 rebounds in 15.four minutes per recreation. He is a restricted offensive participant, however the Celtics will be thankful for Baynes’ soiled work beneath the boards and within the deep submit.