Baynes reportedly opted into the final year of his deal with the understanding that he would not be traded this summer, but the move isn’t surprising from a financial standpoint. If Boston is able to trade Baynes without taking on a new salary, it can free up $23M in an effort to offer a big contract to a free agent. With Kyrie Irving and Al Horford likely gone in the offseason, Boston is in need of a splash signing. The Celtics could also forgo free agency and explore packaging Baynes, other players, and draft picks for a quality option - perhaps Bradley Beal or Steven Adams. Boston owns picks 14, 20, and 22 in the first round of this year’s draft.