Celtics Off-Season Profiles: Aron Baynes, Marcus Morris, and Those Who Left Us
When I started the series of articles known as the Celtics Off-Season Profiles, I began by writing about Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, two players who have moved on to the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers, respectively. Kyrie is only going to be missed for his scoring abilities, which were also noticeably absent in the post-season. Horford was a great Celtic, however, and I know everyone will be pulling for his success, as long as it does not come at the expense of Celtics glory.
Four players have left Boston since then, and while some contributed more positive things to the team than others, but they all deserve a proper coda to their Celtics careers.
First, there is Guerschon Yabusele. Drafted from France in 2016, Yabusele was a project that never quite panned out. He played only 74 in two years for the team and averaged 2.3 points per game. But he was always a professional despite his bumpy path and it was sad to see him waived by Boston earlier in July.
Terry Rozier will always be remembered for his contributions after Irving went down with an injury ahead of the 2017-18 post-season. During that time, he posted a career best 11.3 points per game. His shot selection was iffy, but his heart was always in Boston and in the right place. After averaging just 6.4 points in the 2019 playoffs, Rozier was sent to the Charlotte Hornets as a part of a sign-and-trade for Kemba Walker. It was a smart move by Boston as Rozier was commanding far too much money for the value the Celtics could get from him.
Marcus Morris was a journeyman player even before he came to Boston, but he carved out a solid niche for himself as the player who was arguably the best on the team for considerable stretches of the seasons. He played just two seasons with Boston, but he posted a solid 13.8 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game during that time. His 6.1 rebounds per game last season were a career high for him. After some controversy with the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs, Morris eventually signed with the New York Knicks this off-season. He is a solid role player, to be sure, and the Celtics will miss his presence as a good option off the bench.
Lastly, Aron Baynes, one of the most beloved Celtics players, thanks to his quirks and unabashed desire to be himself. The Australian never quite electrified the Celtics, but he had solid rebounding abilities, which the Celtics sorely needed, and immense hustle. He was officially traded to the Phoenix Suns earlier this month, however.
To Yabusele, Rozier, Morris, and Baynes, all Celtics fans will surely like to wish them nothing but the best in their careers going forward.