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Celtics sign center Aron Baynes to one-year deal

Celtics sign center Aron Baynes to one-year deal

LAS VEGAS – The Boston Celtics have added some much-needed muscle to their frontcourt with the signing of free agent center Aron Baynes to a one-year deal worth $4.3 million. 

The terms of the deal were first reported by The Vertical.

Baynes spent the past two seasons with the Detroit Pistons before opting out of the third year of his deal to become a free agent this summer. 

The 6-foot-10 center appeared in 75 games (2 starts) last season while averaging 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in a limited role. 

With the Celtics looking to become a more versatile, position-less basketball team, it’s likely that Baynes will find himself once again in a niche role for the Celtics. 

With Amir Johnson signing with the Philadelphia 76ers, Kelly Olynyk inking a deal with the Miami Heat along with Tyler Zeller being waived, the Celtics had to address their frontcourt during this offseason. 

Trading away Avery Bradley and a second-round pick to Detroit for Marcus Morris certainly helps Boston’s frontcourt, but they still lacked a true center which at times will be necessary to have depending on the opponent. 

Baynes’ primary benefit to Boston will be his interior defense. 

Last season, his defensive rating of 98.5 ranked was third among all centers in the NBA. According to NBA.com/stats, opponents shot 4.8 percent lower from the field when he contested their shot. 

Baynes’ 10.8 offensive rebounding percentage ranked ninth among centers who logged between 15-20 minutes per game last season.

Baynes joins a big man rotation that now includes Al Horford and Morris along with rookies Ante Zizic, Guerschon Yabusele and Daniel Theis of Germany.

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

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Photo of Celtics' 1963 White House visit recalls a simpler time

As the controversy raged Saturday over President Donald Trump's tweet rescinding the White House invitation to Golden State Warriors' star Stephen Curry, a tweeted photo recalling a simpler time for sports team's presidential visits appeared. 

The nostalgic Twitter account @the_60s_at_50 posted a photo from the Celtics' visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and its principal occupant, John F. Kennedy, on Jan. 31, 1963. JFK had invited his hometown NBA team into the Oval Office for what seemed to be a spur-of-the-moment visit.

A newspaper account of the visit was also posted. The defending NBA champion Celtics were in the Washington area to play the Cincinnati Royals at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House that night and had been taking a tour of the White House when Kennedy invited them in. 

All the team members were there except for star center Bill Russell, who, of course, experienced incidents of racism in Boston that were well-documented. However, Russell's absence was blamed on him oversleeping. His teammates said they didn't know they would meet Kennedy on the tour.  

And yes, that's Celtics legend - and CSN's own - Tommy Heinsohn second from right. Coach Red Auerbach is next to the President on the left, Bob Cousy is next to Auerbach and John Havlicek is the first player in the second row on the left.