Aaron Baynes has never been a name to stand out on an NBA roster sheet. In seven seasons, he’s had a pretty modest career, averaging roughly 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Spurs, Pistons, and Celtics from 2012 to 2019.
Suddenly, in Phoenix, a case can seriously be made that he is one of the NBA’s best big men, at least this year. He is averaging 15 points and 5.5 rebounds on 57% shooting and 46% shooting from beyond the arc. He is an early candidate for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.
In light of his performance, the Celtics may have some interest in bringing him back. Per John Karalis of MassLive, that the Celtics have a lot to gain by trading for a guy like Aaron Baynes.
“I’ve said this on podcasts & on YouTube live… but I’ll repeat it here,” Karalis wrote. “The Celtics do not need to make a trade for a center. The exception: if they can somehow get Aron Baynes back when Ayton comes off suspension. If they can get Baynes back without giving up too much, then yes, they should trade for Baynes. Otherwise, forget it. Anyone that can upgrade that position with any significance will likely cost too much. Salary matching rules would require Boston to give up a lot and create another problem by fixing whatever problem they have here.”
I’ve said this on podcasts & on YouTube live… but I’ll repeat it here.
The Celtics do not need to make a trade for a center.
— John Karalis 🇬🇷 (@RedsArmy_John) November 12, 2019
With the best record in the NBA (10-1), the Celtics aren’t necessarily in dire need of a roster change. But with the competition in the East growing, they could use another player to set them further over the top.
With Al Horford and Jayson Tatum in the frontcourt, Baynes would certainly help them in that goal.
But with how well he is doing, and how well the Suns are doing, it’s unlikely that Phoenix would let him go for cheap.