Baynes not signed, but could be
Though the Spurs’ interest in Aron Baynes is real, the New Zealand center has not yet signed an NBA contract — and might not for the immediate future.
According to multiple international reports, including this one at Talkbasket.net, the Spurs have paid a $400,000 buyout to Baynes’ team in Slovenia with designs on the bringing him over this season. Due to the usual FIBA red tape, however, it could be days, if not weeks, before he’s permitted to sign his reported multi-year deal in the U.S.
Maybe it’s all a matter of semantics.
It’s safe to say the Spurs intend to add Baynes to the roster this season, but there are still enough procedural land mines out there to keep the deal from being immediately formalized.
For an example of how long that can take, see the case of Patty Mills. Like Baynes, Mills is a member of the Australian national team who joined the Spurs from China at the end of last season.
It took more than a month between the first rumblings of Mills’ “imminent” signing with the Spurs in late March and his a black-and-silver debut on April 27. He spent the hiatus wading through the same visa and immigration quagmire that Baynes no doubt is about to enter.
In summary: Spurs fans can expect the team to make a serious run at adding Baynes to the roster. But they can also expect to have to wait for him.