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Old 01-09-13, 06:44 AM
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Aron Baynes close to sign a multi-year deal with the Spurs

Aron Baynes close to sign a multi-year deal with the Spurs

The Australian big man will move to San Antonio

Aron Baynes is close to signing a multi-year deal with the San Antonio Spurs, a source told Sportando confirming the Tweet from Djordje Matic.
Union Olimpija Ljubljana will get $400k as buyout for the Australian big man who averaged 13.8ppg and 9.8rpg in Euroleague this season.

The Slovenian team is already on the market looking for a replacement of Baynes.




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Old 01-09-13, 07:09 AM
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They got me and its so like the Spurs, Im seeing alot having him as the best center in Euro right now. Spurs had to do something and it looks like they got 2 Aussies now on the team.

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Old 01-09-13, 08:57 AM
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Don't know much about this guy but everything I'm reading and researching says this dude is legit. Apparently tearing it up in the Euro league right now and a legit center. Good signing for cheap! Sounds like a solid defender and rebounder but again, this is just from what I've been reading.
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I'm game. The Spurs weren't wrong with Patty Mills, let's see what Baynes can do. Looks like the Spurs FO listening to Coach Brett Brown's input of late. Interesting.
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The fact that they're supposedly signing him to multiple years means that he probably won't even sniff the court this season, in my opinion. It's taken Splitter, another "best big man in europe", three years to get where he's at now.
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When does he show up? Does he play for the Toros or does he come straight to SA?

Guy looks like a beast against college players.
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Old 01-09-13, 10:18 AM
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It makes it better that he knows the system playing for coach Brown and Australia. He was playing on a 1yr contract with his Euro team so the Spurs buying out his contract would make you think he would be playing with them this season or they would of just signed him as a FA when his contract was up in the Euros. Signing him will be the end of Blair and if they can trade Blair it would be great!
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Old 01-09-13, 11:10 AM
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It makes it better that he knows the system playing for coach Brown and Australia. He was playing on a 1yr contract with his Euro team so the Spurs buying out his contract would make you think he would be playing with them this season or they would of just signed him as a FA when his contract was up in the Euros. Signing him will be the end of Blair and if they can trade Blair it would be great!
Totally agree - no reason now to worry about having to possibly retain Blair (for fear of not finding other potential big men), but he's gotta have some value out there for other teams with his hustle and production (when given minutes). He just needs to be paired up with a stretch/combo 3/4 (i.e. a Gallinari or KD).
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Jeff McDonald from SA Express News wrote this few minutes ago...

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.
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He was making about $70k this yr with his Euro team.
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wasn't the Mills hold up because of his passport?

Mills eventually did come and play that season, enough to make an impact. i'll disagree with McDonald a bit since we're running a 3 big rotation for the majority of the games and occasional small ball. we can wait for him, but they'll be hurrying to bring him in.

you watch the vids, even if he doesn't pan out James White/Luis Scola hype style, he'll still be loads better than Blair & Bonner
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.....wasn't the Mills hold up because of his passport?
Wasn't Cory Joseph's arrival delayed for the same reason?
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So, I guess Patty Mills won't be lonely anymore?
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So, I guess Patty Mills won't be lonely anymore?
He's got a mate!!
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Old 01-09-13, 04:11 PM
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wasn't the Mills hold up because of his passport?

Mills eventually did come and play that season, enough to make an impact. i'll disagree with McDonald a bit since we're running a 3 big rotation for the majority of the games and occasional small ball. we can wait for him, but they'll be hurrying to bring him in.

you watch the vids, even if he doesn't pan out James White/Luis Scola hype style, he'll still be loads better than Blair & Bonner

Spurs No Doubt Need such a talented 7 footer.. That is for sure!!!

But WHEN!!!!???? I can't wait for 2 MONTHS... Let's hope less than 2 Months....Visa or Passport of whatever routine paper issues could take a while.... So I am just waiting cautiously to hear Baynes made it safe to our San Antonio land.....


Here is the latest Tweet from Jonathan Givony (Draft Express)
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Details of the Aron Baynes contract are still sketchy. I'm not sure about the years or $, so take what I wrote earlier with a grain of salt
Following this CBS news flash most updated half an hour ago..

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January 9, 2013 4:36 pm ET

The Spurs again have gone the international route to restock their roster.

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According to multiple reports, the Spurs are close to signing a multiyear deal with Australian center Aron Baynes. The Spurs reportedly bought out his contract for $400,000.

Baynes, 26, currently plays for Union Olimpija Ljubljana in the Euroleague and averaged 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds, establishing himself as maybe the best big man in Europe. He's a seven-footer, and known for his tough, physical style.

Draft Express reports the deal is for $3.5 million over four years, with the last two years being team options.

Baynes played collegiate basketball at Washington State.

The Spurs currently have only 14 players under contract, including six who are international players.

McDonald had not had the insider yet, but you know how our Spurs FO they would not let any info leaking to any insider info that easily esp to local media....



It would be a real Treat to have him here!!! Happy for TD and Splitter because those 2 are MUCH needing him....

And Pop kept telling us for the last few weeks about this "foreign kid"!!
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Old 01-09-13, 05:23 PM
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Ok Jeff and Royce we have 8 international players not 6 and if Baynes joins then it will be an Australian joining not a Kiwi to make it 9.
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McDonald had not had the insider yet, but you know how our Spurs FO they would not let any info leaking to any insider info that easily esp to local media....
don't let the McDonald post kill your hopes in any way. it was all opinion. it was more like a "yes everyone is happy about this but let me post something about the other side of the equation".

we'll get more on it i'm sure. he may have agreed to terms but the Spurs are probably looking to lock everything up before they say anything anyway.
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I like what i see so far. Wide body, classic banger, and address some lack of height. Will Pop use him when we need him?
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The fact that they're supposedly signing him to multiple years means that he probably won't even sniff the court this season, in my opinion. It's taken Splitter, another "best big man in europe", three years to get where he's at now.
Splitter was a draft pick. We only had his rights. We didn't sign him and weren't paying him while he was playing in Europe.

Horrible comparison.
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He looks like Rasho... :shocked

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Splitter was a draft pick. We only had his rights. We didn't sign him and weren't paying him while he was playing in Europe.

Horrible comparison.
What are you talking about? Splitter was a foreign big man. Baynes is a foreign big man. Splitter was regarded as the best foreign big man, this guy is said to be the same. Splitter is just now coming into his own. This guy does not look better than Splitter against much, much lesser talent. History would say that he's not going to see significant time on this team coming in halfway into a season, no matter what the armchair GM's will say.
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NBA | NZ-born Aron Baynes close to San Antonio Spurs... | Stuff.co.nz
Baynes close to realising NBA dream with Spurs

Australia could have a third player in the NBA in the coming days after reports Boomers centre Aron Baynes is close to signing with the San Antonio Spurs.
Several outlets are reporting the Spurs are close to finalising the signing of Baynes from Slovenian club Union Olimpija Ljubljana on a multi-year deal in which he would join the club for at least the rest of this season and next season while also giving San Antonio the chance to keep him for the following two seasons.
Baynes' move has yet to be completed but the reports stress the move is close to a conclusion. The 26-year-old Queenslander played for the Boomers at the London Olympics under the coaching of Brett Brown, an assistant coach with the Spurs, and impressed with his rebounding and defence while also showing some improvement on his offensive skills and foul problems.
Some scouts have labelled Baynes as the best centre in the European leagues where he has averaged 13.8 points and nine rebounds a game this season.
If Baynes joins the Spurs he will become the second Australian on the roster joining guard Patty Mills and will get the chance to claim a prized NBA championship ring later in the year with the Spurs a contender for the NBA title.
Former Tall Black Sean Marks played three seasons with the Spurs, including winning an NBA title in 2005. He now works in the Spurs front office as general manager of the franchises D-League team. Tall Blacks captain Kirk Penney and current NZ Breakers import Cedric Jackson have also had recent summer league/preseason trials with the Spurs.
Australians Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal have also played for the Spurs.
Injured centre Andrew Bogut is the other Australian currently in the NBA - he is hopeful of returning later this season after ongoing problems following ankle surgery.


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If Baynes joins the Spurs he will become the second Australian on the roster joining guard Patty Mills and will get the chance to claim a prized NBA championship ring later in the year with the Spurs a contender for the NBA title.
Former Tall Black Sean Marks played three seasons with the Spurs, including winning an NBA title in 2005. He now works in the Spurs front office as general manager of the franchises D-League team. Tall Blacks captain Kirk Penney and current NZ Breakers import Cedric Jackson have also had recent summer league/preseason trials with the Spurs.
Australians Andrew Gaze and Shane Heal have also played for the Spurs.
Injured centre Andrew Bogut is the other Australian currently in the NBA - he is hopeful of returning later this season after ongoing problems following ankle surgery.


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What are you talking about? Splitter was a foreign big man. Baynes is a foreign big man. Splitter was regarded as the best foreign big man, this guy is said to be the same. Splitter is just now coming into his own. This guy does not look better than Splitter against much, much lesser talent. History would say that he's not going to see significant time on this team coming in halfway into a season, no matter what the armchair GM's will say.
most of the vids out there are him either playing great defense or playing aggressive offense. Splitter has always been lanky and not much of a power game like this kid.
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most of the vids out there are him either playing great defense or playing aggressive offense. Splitter has always been lanky and not much of a power game like this kid.
I'm hoping the kid can play great defense, or even aggressive offense.

But, since before yesterday no one had heard of him, why don't we let the Spurs actually announce the signing before passing judgement?

YouTube may not always be your friend when scouting Euro bigs.
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ANDREW Gaze has praised Boomers centre Aron Baynes' reported move to NBA club San Antonio Spurs as a ''blessing from the hoop gods''.

The 26-year-old Queenslander is reportedly close to receiving a multi-year contract from the Spurs, who will also buy out his current contract with Slovenian club Union Olimpija Ljubljana, which is expected to cost them at least $US400,000.

Baynes will then join the Spurs for the rest of the NBA season and next season with two further seasons also a possibility.

Gaze, who was part of the Spurs 1998-1999 NBA championship team, said Baynes had landed in one of the best managed teams in professional sport.

''They don't recruit dills,'' Gaze said yesterday.
''Personality and team ethos is just as important to them as the ability to make a jump shot or get a rebound.

''They don't tolerate stupidity or those who don't buy into their system.''
Baynes has caught the eye of scouts, first with the Boomers at the London Olympics and then in Europe this season averaging 13 points per game and nine rebounds.

''I think you look at his abilities, there are certainly players of his calibre or less running around in an NBA jersey,'' Gaze said.

''He is a strong talent with good size and more importantly he has tremendous athleticism for a big guy and runs the floor really well.
''I think for him the hoop gods have smiled upon him and he has joined one of the great franchises in sport.''

The Texas city is considered a major drawcard and the Spurs also have a long tradition of successfully signing foreign players.
''It's a fantastic city,'' Gaze said.

''The Spurs are the number one team in town, the fans love the Spurs and get right behind them and their venue is as good as there is.
''Most importantly their management has shown over the decades that they are first class and treat people the right way.''

Once the move is completed, Baynes will join Boomers teammate Patty Mills, who plays with the Spurs, and former Boomers coach Brett Brown, who coached Baynes in London.

But Gaze added Brown's influence wasn't all that got the centre to San Antonio.
''My understanding is they will part with some serious cash to secure Baynes,'' he said.

''You wouldn't bother doing that for a short-term player, they must see a need for him and want to get him into their system now.''
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The Texas city is considered a major drawcard and the Spurs also have a long tradition of successfully signing foreign players.
First time I've ever heard of anyone from outside saying that

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For us Australians it is a drawcard, when I came to Phoenix series in 07 with my wife she was letting me come for the games but then after getting around San An while we were there she has said she wants to come back just for the city..... small market USA would be 2nd biggest city in Australia.
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For us Australians it is a drawcard, when I came to Phoenix series in 07 with my wife she was letting me come for the games but then after getting around San An while we were there she has said she wants to come back just for the city..... small market USA would be 2nd biggest city in Australia.
Cool story. Almost my entire family and extended family have visited US except me and I'm a Spurs fan.
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Boomers centre Aron Baynes reportedly signs with NBA glamour club San Antonio Spurs | News.com.au

Boomers centre Aron Baynes reportedly signs with NBA glamour club San Antonio Spurs

[COLOR=#000000] Boomers big man Aron Baynes looks to be headed to the NBA after reportedly signing with the San Antonio Spurs. Baynes starred for Australia during the London Games and has since been dominating in Europe with Slovenian Euroleague club Union Olimpija.
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Union Olimpija today sent a tweet farewelling Baynes, suggesting the reports of the 26-year-old's move to the big time were spot on.
"Thank you for everything and good luck - @aronbaynes!" the team posted.
According to the reports, the 2.08m-tall centre has been offered a $3.5 million contract over four years.
In 10 Euroleague games this season, the Cairns product averaged 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds a game for Union Olimpija and has earned a reputation as being the best big man in the competition.

Thank you for everything and good luck - @aronbaynes!
— Union Olimpija (@union_olimpija) January 10, 2013

If the move is confirmed, he will join Boomers teammate Patrick Mills on the Spurs roster.
The only other Australian in the NBA is Andrew Bogut, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury with the Golden State Warriors.
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Who is Aron Baynes?

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Aron Baynes played more than 15 minutes only once in Australia's six games at the London Olympics. He logged all of eight minutes of court time in the Boomers' quarterfinal loss to Team USA.

Baynes, though, was seen extensively behind closed doors all summer by Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown, who happened to be Australia's national team coach at London 2012. Which should temper anyone's surprise when it emerged this week that San Antonio is closing in on a buyout of Baynes' contract with Slovenian powerhouse Olimpija Ljubljana to sign the 7-footer to a multiyear deal.

Such is the credibility built up by Spurs president R.C. Buford, by contrast, that it was immediately assumed in league and media circles that San Antonio has done it again and unearthed yet another overseas gem. As former Spur Andrew Gaze, referring to his old team, colorfully explained to the Sydney Morning News: "They don't recruit dills."

Dills being Australian for idiots.


Realistically, though, Baynes won't be seriously counted on by San Antonio before next season even if the 26-year-old center -- one of the top rebounders in the Euroleague this season -- arrives from Slovenia relatively soon. According to DraftExpress.com, Baynes will be signed for the next three seasons after this one, with 2014-15 and 2015-16 at the Spurs' option.
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