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Scott Souza: #Celtics Brad Stevens on Aron Baynes (hand surgery): He’s back home doing well. He wishes he was at the shootaround, and then at the game. In typical Aron fashion, he wants to be around. But he’s going to have to take a few days to let that thing heal.
Matt Velazquez: Brad Stevens confirms Al Horford, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes are all out tonight. Those three have all spent time guarding Giannis in the past, leaving Semi Ojeleye as one of the only C’s left with experience regularly covering him. Should make things interesting tonight.

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Tom Westerholm: The Celtics’ injury report for Washington includes Baynes and Horford (both questionable) and Hayward (doubtful with his illness). No Kyrie, however, which is a good sign.
Sean Grande: Aron Baynes and Al Horford questionable, Guerschon Yabusele out tomorrow against New Orleans. The Pelicans about to tip off in Detroit, front-end of a back-to-back.
Jay King: Aron Baynes will play tonight. He’ll come off the bench as usual. No restrictions.
Jay King: Aron Baynes, messing around: “I’m 100 percent of what I can be at this present time.” Said he does not feel hamstring pain. “If it was playoff time there would be no doubt.”
Chris Forsberg: Aron Baynes is 50/50 to play in Detroit. Brad Stevens: “Baynes wants to play all the time. He still tries to race people off the bus after a hamstring injury. You love that part about him. He’s a competitive guy, he’s a fun guy. It kills him to not be able to play." 🚍🏃🏻‍♂️💨
Jared Weiss: Aron Baynes is ruled out tomorrow night against Orlando with a right hamstring strain.
Brian Robb: Aron Baynes (hamstring) will not return tonight. per @Abby Chin. Marcus Smart will start second half in his place.
Celtics center Aron Baynes underwent successful nasal septoplasty surgery for a nasal fracture he suffered during Game 6 of Boston’s Eastern Conference Finals series against Cleveland. Baynes is expected to return to basketball activities in two to four weeks.
Adam Himmelsbach: Shane Larkin is available and Baynes is out. Will be further evaluated tomorrow.
Aron Baynes went through a full practice after hyperextending his left knee in last Monday’s game against Philadelphia and missing the preseason finale in Charlotte Wednesday. On if he’ll play Tuesday, he said, “I definitely think I’m on track for that. It’s still day to day, but I’m going to go out on a limb here — literally — and say I should be available.”
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Pascal Siakam wants to stay in Toronto long-term

With the understanding that things can change — it’s a business, things can change with you, things change with the organization — as we sit here right now, do you see yourself in Toronto long term? Pascal Siakam: I do. I’m a really prideful person and I always want to be the best player that I can be, and the bubble wasn’t that. So I get it, I understand it, but also for me what really hurt me is one of those things about my dad or like, “Oh, your dad wouldn’t have been proud of this.” [Siakam’s father died in a car accident in 2014.]
Was there any irritation from you toward the Raptors that your name was surfacing so much in trade rumors? Pascal Siakam: It didn’t bother me really, because I never really heard anything from the Raptors. Even all the news I was seeing it was never like: “Oh. The Raptors wanted to give up Siakam for this.” It was always like, “The Warriors like Pascal,” or it was always, “The Kings like Pascal,” or this. There was never nothing where it was like, “The Raptors wanted to give away Pascal.”
Were you surprised that Kyle Lowry left for Miami? Pascal Siakam: I wouldn’t say I was surprised by it because obviously I could see it coming. When I was a rookie, these were the people that we look up to, right? It was Kyle. It was DeMar [DeRozan]. Kyle was like our big brother. We looked up to him and DeMar. So it was weird, obviously, to see them go. Sometimes, I’ll be thinking, “OK, Kyle is not here anymore, right?” You don’t really put it in perspective. Some of the questions obviously about what the team wants to do and things like that, they ask you. And before you felt like all those questions, I didn’t really have to answer them, because I felt like Kyle was there and now he’s not there.
How is rehab going? Pascal Siakam: I was expecting it to be worse, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I would say just, I think the first two weeks or three weeks was the worst, just because I couldn’t sleep. I have to find a position to get comfortable. I had to sleep on the couch for two weeks because I couldn’t sleep on the bed. I’m a side sleeper. So I couldn’t do that. Are you even shooting or doing anything basketball-wise? Pascal Siakam: Yes. I’m shooting, ball handling. I think at this point in the process I look better than I thought I was expecting at least or I’m doing more than I thought I would do at that time.
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Pau Gasol: “I keep thinking about my future, I don’t see myself on any team other than Barça.” On retirement: “I keep thinking about whether to continue or not. It will not be an easy decision and when I know it I will let you know. I have been a professional for 23 years and I am considering all the factors to make a decision soon and be able to communicate it. I have not made a decision 100 percent. If I look back it has been many years enjoying very interesting things.”

Mike James to France

AS Monaco is adding guard Mike James to their bolstered roster for the 2021-22 season, as first reported by Home of Glory and Donatas Urbonas, also confirmed by Eurohoops sources. James, 31, who recently parted ways with CSKA Moscow was on the lookout for a new team while training individually in Moscow in the meantime.