He also gave the Celtics a solid starting center, allowing Al Horford to spend time at power forward.
Baynes will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. What’s next for him?
according to multiple league sources, Baynes is expected to return to Boston next season.
The Celtics can give Baynes a starting salary of $5,193,600 through his Non-Bird Rights (a form of Bird Rights). Anything higher would require dipping into the mid-level exception, and Boston might not be able to stick under the hard cap triggered by using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception.
The Non-Bird Exception ought to be enough, though. It’ll be a tight market, especially for centers.
But Baynes, 31, is best-positioned to help win-now-and-later Boston in the present. He’s too big and slow for every matchup, but that’s when Horford shifts to center.