Aron Baynes may be looking at a big payday this offseason. At the same time, there’s hope that he doesn’t. The main reason being that the big man is 33-years-old. It’s a bit long for some high-value long-term contract.
Baynes has tremendously improved over the last few seasons. He found a perfect fit with the Suns, averaging almost double his previous career-high. What’s really made Baynes’ value skyrocket is his ability to shoot from deep.
Averaging 1.4 triples per game, Baynes can spread the floor well, and that’s something that neither Looney or Chriss can help with. While he doesn’t offer much additional rim protection, he’s the scoring option they may crave when looking to open up the floor.
Shooting 48% from the field and 35% from deep, Baynes is a solid option to add a versatile weapon. It’s about being able to match up with your opponent, and having a big that’s a capable shooter may be of utmost importance.
Baynes’ market is difficult to predict, but it’s certainly one that may not be as high as projected.