With a $5,453,280 player option for next season, Baynes isn’t repeating that mistake.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Baynes is a big defensive-minded interior presence. If Al Horford leaves, Baynes could even start at center for Boston next season. If Horford stays, Baynes could continue freeing Horford from the physical toll of playing center as often.
In a league overstocked with solid centers, the 32-year-old Baynes doesn’t have the production to stand out from the large crowd. But he’s a solid veteran who fits well.
If he opted out, would he command as large a salary in free agency? Probably not.
But are the Celtics content to have him back at this amount? Probably.