Australia center Aron Baynes is expected to soon become a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
The 26-year-old has caught the eye of one of the NBA’s best teams after a couple of very impressive seasons in Europe, including the current campaign with Union Olimpija in Slovenia.
Baynes has had the additional advantage of playing the past four summers for San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown, the coach of Australia’s national team.
San Antonio haven’t made an announcement that Baynes will be one of their players, but Union Olimpija President Jani Moderndorfer said in a statement: “After reflecting and a conversation with the player and his representative, we made a decision.
“We would not want to interfere with the next step in Aron’s career and keep him at the club under pressure to end the season, when his contract will expire and he’d become a free agent without compensation.”
As part of the acquisition of the 2.08m Baynes, San Antonio must pay Olimpija a fee.
“It was the opportunity of a life time for Baynes,” Olimpija coach Saso Filipovski said.
“We should not be too sad because his move will also help the club.”
Baynes played extremely well in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague and the Adriatic League this season, averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in the former and 12.6 and 6.8 in the latter.
Numerous international players have been on the books of San Antonio in the past, including Australian greats Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal.
Right now, the team has Australia’s Pat Mills, Brazil’s Tiago Splitter, Argentina’s Manu Ginobili, France trio Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Nando de Colo and Canada playmaker Cory Joseph.
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