Report: Aron Baynes near deal to return to Spurs for next season

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The Spurs are getting the band back together.

Which makes sense — that band won the NBA title and played the most beautiful brand of basketball we have seen in the NBA in years. Why break that up?

The final piece from last year was Aron Baynes, the reserve big man from Australia who had recently explored getting more money in China and other options, but is now ready to return to the fold, reports Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express News.

This will be his third NBA season. Baynes played a limited role for the Spurs last season, getting in just 53 games and averaging 9.3 minutes when he did. He’s a decent rebounder and can score right around the rim but has not shown much range. He’s been a development project that the Spurs can afford to take on with Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter up front, plus guys like Matt Bonner there as reserves.

Baynes showed some of that development leading Australia at the World Cup this summer with 16.8 points and 7 rebounds a game. The Aussies made it to the round of 16 where they lost by one point to Turkey.

With the signing of Baynes the Spurs will be at the full 15 guaranteed roster spots. Of those, 14 were members of the title team from last season, the only change is that Damion James is out (now with the Wizards) replaced by rookie Kyle Anderson.