Toronto Raptors Make Free-Agent Splash

The Toronto Raptors with have a new look next season as both Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol have signed elsewhere. The Raptors begin to replace their minutes and have announced a contract with free-agent center, Aron Baynes. 

The two-year deal pays the rugged Baynes $14.3 million as he leaves the Phoenix Suns and heads back east. Baynes joins his fourth team after stops in Boston and San Antonio throughout his career. 

The Raps add a stretch-five who made 35.1% of his attempted threes and averaged a career high 11.5 points per game. With the Suns Baynes was given an extended role and played a career high 22.2 points per game, which should just continue to rise with this opportunity in Toronto. 

The contract gives the Raptors someone capable of playing stable minutes at the five and it provides them with the financial flexibility the so desperate want to hold on to for the 2021 offseason. The Raptors have been busy re-signing Fred VanVleet and Chris Boucher, who will also play a more significant role for the team without Gasol and Ibaka around. 

It won't take long for Raptors fans to love the work of Aron Baynes.

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