Veteran center Aron Baynes has agreed to return to basketball with the NBL’s Brisbane Bullets, just a year after a freak fall at the Tokyo Olympics left him hospitalized and initially unable to walk, his agent Daniel Moldovan says to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Baynes will sign a two-year contract with the Australian club, but the contract contains a provision that will allow him to leave and return to the NBA if he gets the chance, according to Windhorst. Baynes reportedly had offers from teams in Europe and China, but those deals wouldn’t allow a player to return to the NBA, which remains his ultimate goal.
Baynes worked for a handful of teams in Las Vegas earlier this month during the NBA Summer League, about six months after returning to basketball. Until January, the 35-year-old was going through a grueling months-long rehabilitation process after suffering a spinal cord injury when he slipped in the bathroom during the fourth quarter of Australia’s game against Australia. Italy at the Tokyo Olympics. He spent a few months in hospitals in Tokyo and Brisbane last summer, beginning physical therapy to regain the strength of his limbs.
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Baynes, a nine-year NBA veteran, last played for the Raptors in the 2020-21 season, averaging 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds. He previously played for the Spurs, winning an NBA championship in 2014, as well as the Pistons, Celtics and Suns.
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