Aron Baynes agrees to new Celtics deal

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Aron Baynes is staying with the Boston Celtics.

The Australian centre’s new two-year, $US11 million ($A15 million) deal with the Celtics looks cheap compared with the mega-sized contracts signed by superstars Chris Paul, Paul George and Kevin Durant early on Sunday morning when the NBA’s free agency opened.

The 31-year-old, 208cm Queenslander announced in a shamrock-laden tweet he bled green and was determined to help the great NBA franchise achieve its 18th championship.

In the minutes after NBA free agency opened on Sunday, Paul signed a four-year, $US160 million contract to stay with the Houston Rockets.

George chose to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder with a four-year, $US137 million deal.

James has yet to announce if he’ll stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Los Angeles Lakers Jonathan Ericsson Jersey and Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly the frontrunners to sign James.

Durant chose to stay with the champion Golden State Warriors (two years, $US61.5 million), Nikola Jokic is staying with the Denver Nuggets (five years, $US148 million) and DeAndre Jordan is leaving the LA Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks (one year, $US24 million).

The Pacers and Lakers had both also reportedly expressed interest in potentially signing Gordon this offseason.

Gordon averaged a career-high 17.6 and 7.9 rebounds per game on an Orlando team that went 25-57 in 2017-18. He also knocked down 33.6 percent of his 3-pointers.

Gordon was originally selected by the Magic with the fourth pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Magic selected Texas center Mohamed Bamba with the sixth pick in last month’s draft. They last made the playoffs in 2011-12.

After a sizzling start in which he hit.315 and homered eight times in his first 17 games, Harper has hit.183 with 11 home runs in 52 games entering Tuesday’s action. His average exit velocity is actually up 0.3 mph from last season and his average launch angle is up slightly, but he’s hitting just.164 on grounders and has had some bad luck on line drives. Throw in some below-average defensive metrics and his WAR is Jonny Brodzinski Youth Jersey 0.5.