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Aron Baynes re-ups with the Celtics

Plus Robert Franks and Klay Thompson notes

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WSU Cougar alum Aron Baynes will once again be serving as a valuable role player for coach Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics. Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to report that Baynes has opted into a $5.4 million salary for next season. The 32 year-old Australian generally gives Boston around 16 productive minutes each outing. In his second season with the franchise he averaged 5.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

In other WSU hoops alumni news forward Robert Franks is in the midst of working out for NBA in preparation for the upcoming NBA draft. He worked out for the Detroit Pistons yesterday as the Pac-12’s leading scorer vies to be selected next Thursday. Franks has also reportedly worked out for Orlando, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte and Utah so far. At 6-foot-9 Franks fits the mold of a stretch shooting forward that is all the vogue these days. Hopefully a team likes what it sees and pops him in the second round.

Lastly we come to the greatest Coug of them all as Jonathan Tjarks wrote a terrific piece in The Ringer yesterday on what makes Klay Thompson so valuable. Here is Tjarks on why he is such a good complement for Steph Curry.

Thompson’s ability to defend multiple positions allows Curry to hide on defense, while his ability to put up huge scoring numbers without needing the ball allows Curry to play with another All-Star guard without fighting for touches.

This is probably one of the best analysis that I have read what makes Klay a superstar. Good luck to Klay and the rest of the Warriors in game 6!

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Basketball

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Thompson’s ability to defend multiple positions allows Curry to hide on defense, while his ability to put up huge scoring numbers without needing the ball allows Curry to play with another All-Star guard without fighting for touches.