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NBA Rumors: Lakers, Other Contenders Were Hoping Suns Would Buy Out Aron Baynes Last Summer

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

Aron Baynes is drawing a lot of attention in recent days, but that’s not new, according to one report. The big man has played a big role in the good campaign the Phoenix Suns are having right now, but that could have been different for the player and any other team that wasn’t the Suns.

This term he’s averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game with Phoenix.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers were one of the teams interested in his services and were hoping that the Suns would buy out Baynes this past summer.

“Suns center Aron Baynes has emerged as a cornerstone piece for Phoenix early this season, supplying defense, leadership and, yes, shot-making. Phoenix acquired Baynes on draft night, and in the weeks to come contenders such as the Lakers hoped Baynes would reach a buyout with the Suns to hit the open market, sources said. Suns general manager James Jones and new head coach Monty Williams wanted Baynes — and are now receiving the rewards for the offseason move. Through 11 games, Baynes is averaging 15 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 46.8 percent 3-point shooting (two 3s made per game). Baynes will enter free agency next July, and as one team executive said, “He is positioning himself for well over $10 million per year.”

Baynes can provide some good things for the Lakers and his impact on the game is visible now that he’s part of the Suns organization. Phoenix will likely hold on to him for the rest of the season, especially with how well he’s playing right now.

As for the Lakers, they are seen as the biggest favorites to land Andre Iguodala, but having alternatives is not a bad thing for them.