Aron Baynes undergoing hand surgery; will Celtics add frontcourt depth?


The Boston Celtics' frontcourt just got a whole lot thinner.

Aron Baynes will miss the next four to six weeks after fracturing the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during Wednesday night's loss to the Phoenix Suns.

The Celtics also are down big men Al Horford and Guerschon Yabusele as they recover from knee and ankle injuries, respectively. The Celtics are optimistic Horford will return soon, but with just rookie Robert Williams and reserve Daniel Theis left on the depth chart, will the team bringing in another big man via trade or free agency?

It doesn't sound like it.

"I don't think so," Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on "Toucher & Rich" on 98.5 The Sports Hub Thursday morning. "I think Guerschon is close to getting back also, but I'll get all those reports (Thursday), so I don't want to say exactly what the timelines are.

"But Guerschon's doing well. He's progressing. I think he may be within a day or two days back. I don't know what Al's status is. I do believe (Marcus) Morris will be back Friday night."

With the exception of Baynes, Boston should get most of its frontcourt back over the next few days, so Ainge doesn't necessarily need to make any immediate roster moves.

Baynes' injury may have a silver lining, too, as Williams will have an opportunity to step up in an expanded role.

The C's are back in action Friday night in a showdown with the 21-9 Milwaukee Bucks.

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