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Old 01-19-13, 04:37 AM
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Aussie center reportedly on his way

By Dan McCarney

Australian center Aron Baynes is heading to San Antonio for the finalization of his transfer to the Spurs, according to a tweet from the basketball journalist who broke the news of his acquisition several weeks ago.

Baynes, 26, had been averaging 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds in the Euroleague for Slovenia’s Union Olimpija. He spent four seasons at Washington State before heading to Europe in 2009.

Baynes (6-foot-10, 260 pounds) had Spurs guard Patty Mills as a teammate on the Aussie Olympic team, coached by Spurs assistant Brett Brown.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who continues to rehab his injured ankle, had good things to say about Baynes despite never having played against his fellow Australian. He was particularly enthused about Baynes joining the Spurs.

“This system will fit him best,” Bogut said. “He’s definitely not a guy who could go to an isolation team that throws him the ball every time down. He’s better suited to be with a good team concept, and (Gregg) Popovich has a great system for that.”

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