They traded Tiago Splitter to the Hawks, clearing cap room. They need to keep that open for Aldridge and likely Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
So, if you want Aron Baynes, this is the time to strike.
Apparently, the Pistons really wanted Baynes.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Brandan Wright’s deal with the Grizzlies is probably worth about $17 over three years. So, we’re obviously dealing with imprecise figures here.
But no matter how you slice it, that’s a lot for Baynes.
Baynes is coming off a career year, averaging 6.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game. He can make mid-range jumpers, and he rebounds well. He’ll be a solid backup center to Andre Drummond.
But Baynes is already 28 and not very athletic. It’s hard to see much upside. Plus, he probably benefited from the Spurs’ system in ways he won’t in Detroit.
This is an overpay – not a crippling one, but an overpay nonetheless.