Boomer Baynes signs with NBL Bullets

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Veteran Boomers centre Aron Baynes has signed with the Brisbane Bullets on a two-year deal to breathe life back into his career that was almost cut-short by a spinal injury.

Brisbane confirmed on Thursday Baynes had inked a deal with the club after playing 520 games across nine years in the NBA.

The 35-year-old will join the Bullets on a contract that has a provision allowing Baynes to return to the NBA, as reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Baynes worked out for NBA teams in Las vegas earlier this month one year after sustaining a freak injury while playing for the Boomers at the Tokyo Games.

He spent two months in Tokyo and Brisbane hospitals after falling in the locker room and being knocked unconscious during last year's Olympics match against Italy.

He had to learn to walk again before returning to the court in February in a training capacity.

"The loneliest time in my life was laying in that hospital, going in and out of consciousness, going over my life plan and my goals and just crying," Baynes told ESPN earlier this year.

Baynes won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014, and also featured for the Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns.

He most recently he spent the 2020-21 NBA campaign with the Raptors, where he averaged 6.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Bullets coach James Duncan said signing a player of Baynes' calibre is exciting for the club.

"His work ethic is phenomenal and he'll bring a high standard on and off the court. We believe these attributes are invaluable," Duncan declared.

"Speaking to Aron, he's eager to put us in a position to compete at the highest level and we can't wait to get to work."

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