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Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes will exercise the option on his contract for the 2019-20 season, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.
Baynes signed on with the Celtics in the 2017-18 season, then re-signed for two years and $10.7 million last summer. He struggled with injuries this past year, but was solid in 51 games, averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds and providing a strong presence underneath the basket.
Per Keith Smith of RealGM, Baynes picked up the option with the understanding that he would not be included in a trade this summer.
“There is an understanding that a trade could happen down the line, but Baynes opted in with the idea that he would be staying in Boston for at least the near-term,” Smith reported.