Celtics’ Baynes picking up contract option for next season

Celtics center Aron Baynes averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds this past season.

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.