The San Antonio Spurs have assigned center Aron Baynes to their D-League affiliate Austin Toros.
This is Baynes’ first assignment to the Toros since being signed by the Spurs on January 23. He has appeared in two games for the Silver and Black, averaging 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 9.5 minutes.
Baynes will join the Toros in Bakersfield tonight for Austin’s weekend set against the Jam.
Baynes played significant minutes in the Spurs' recent win over the Bobcats finishing with 7 points, 1 block and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes of action.
However, seeing how he was added to the team mid-way through the season, without the benefit of a full training camp and preseason, any amount of time learning the Spurs' system is beneficial to his development. Similar to how the Spurs have been sending Nando De Colo back-and-forth to Austin in order to get time on the court and immerse himself in the Spurs' system.
Moreover, after the Spurs' win over Charlotte, coach Gregg Popovich commented Baynes was winded and playing with the Toros tonight will help with his conditioning.
Also, with Tim Duncan set to make his return to the court tomorrow versus Washington, it could be just a way to make roster space as well.