Baynes ditches $ 8.6m deal to join NBA gi­ants

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AUS­TRALIAN cen­tre Aron Baynes’ move to NBA heavy­weights Bos­ton has been con­firmed.

The 30- year- old has of­fi­cially been un­veiled by last sea­son’s Eastern Con­fer­ence fi­nal­ists, af­ter two years in Detroit.

Baynes de­cided to walk away from the $ US6.5 mil­lion ($ A8.6 mil­lion) player op­tion he had with the Pis­tons, be­com­ing an un­re­stricted free agent and test­ing the NBA mar­ket.

Rio Olympian Baynes, who won the NBA cham­pi­onship with San An­to­nio in 2014, av­er­aged five points and more than four re­bounds from 15.5 min­utes a game in 2016- 17.

“I think be­ing in the NBA, ev­ery­one al­ways wants to play more,” he said at his in­tro­duc­tory press con­fer­ence in Bos­ton.

“I think if you don’t want to play more then you’re not in the right spot, so I’m ex­cited for the op­por­tu­nity and hope­fully I can go out there and own some min­utes.”

Baynes is look­ing for­ward to “be­ing a piece that brings that puz­zle to­gether” in Bos­ton and will have a fa­mil­iar face in for­mer Pis­ton Mar­cus Mor­ris to as­sist his tran­si­tion.

“I’m ex­cited to play with Mar­cus again,” Baynes said.

“We look for­ward to bring­ing some ex­tra tough­ness com­bined with us.”

Mean­while, Brisbane Bul­lets im­port Tor­rey Craig has signed a deal with the NBA’s Den­ver Duggets.

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