Report: Spurs add more international influence by signing center Aron Baynes


It is time to add some more overseas influence to the San Antonio Spurs.

According to a number of reports in Europe, the San Antonio Spurs are set to announce the signing of Aron Baynes, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound center and Cairns, Australia native.

Baynes has been playing this season in Slovenia for Union Olimpija Ljubljana, where he averaged 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in Adriatic League and 13.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in the Euroleague. In Baynes’ last game for Union Olimpija Ljubljana, he finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks against second ranked Zvezda.

He currently ranks sixth in the league in rebounds and fourth in blocks per game.

After going undrafted out of Washington State in 2009, Baynes has played overseas in Lithuania (Lietuvos Rytas) , Germany (Oldenburg), Greece (Ikaros Kallitheas B.C.) and Slovenia (Union Olimpija), while also playing alongside Spurs’ point guard Patty Mills on the Australian National team since 2010.

Spurs’ assistant Brett Brown is also the former Australian National team coach, so the connections between Baynes and the organization certainly run deep — not too mention Sean Marks, the former NBA center from New Zealand who now works in the Spurs' front office — has native roots to Baynes as well. 

Another asset Baynes’ brings to the mix: championship experience. Not only did Baynes compete at the 2010 World Championships, but he won a 2010 Lithuanian National Championship as well.

It will be interesting to see how Baynes fits in with San Antonio, but this could shape up to be another steal for the Spurs.