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Aron Baynes wants to stay with Spurs, but seeking larger overseas contract

Aug 25, 2014, 9:55 AM EDT

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After winning the 2014 NBA title, the Spurs entered the offseason with seven players whose 2014-15 contract weren’t totally set. San Antonio has taken care of six of them:

That leaves just Aron Baynes unaccounted for.

The Spurs extended Baynes a $1,115,243 qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. That one-year contract offer will remain available until Oct. 1.

So, Baynes can always take that and get his guaranteed salary. But there’s no guarantee the Spurs, who already have 16 players with at least partially guaranteed contracts and aren’t finished searching for additions, keep Baynes on the roster. Once the season begins, San Antonio can have just 15 players, so eating Baynes’ salary might be the best move if he accepts the qualifying offer.

Or Baynes could help the Spurs out of their pickle.

Baynes wants to stay in San Antonio but he’s also seeking an overseas deal that pays at least 1.5 million Euro, according to Ismail Senol of NTV SPOR Turkey (hat tip: RealGM). That’s the equivalent of $1,978,650, so Baynes is looking for a bigger raise – and more playing time.

I expect this to all sort itself out by Oct. 1, when the Spurs can pull their qualifying offer. If they do, Baynes would remain a restricted free agent, just without the standing contract offer. Even if he doesn’t sign in the NBA this season, San Antonio could keep him a restricted free agent in perpetuity by extending a qualifying offer each summer.

Most likely, Baynes will either find an agreeable foreign offer soon or accept the Spurs’ qualifying offer. It the latter happens, I think the slightly more likely scenario, San Antonio could face some tough cuts during the preseason.

  1. spursareold - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Banger, sign the offer sheet. You’re not getting any more money out of the Spurs, no matter what some Euro team offers. You were un-drafted and 26 YO when the Spurs reached out into the world and signed you. Without a connection to Bret Brown, you never would have had a chance to play in the best league in the world. The Spurs gave you that chance. The Spurs also pay their end of roster guys squat. If you want to play in SA, you’ll have to settle for that. Other than Kawhi Leonard, who’s still on his rookie deal, pretty much everyone on the roster is making at least a little bit under their market value.

  2. borisalessandri - Aug 25, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    $1.115M isn’t squat to ME! I’ll gladly sit, planted firmly, at the end of the bench for that kind of coin

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