After suffering a neck injury earlier in the Olympics, Aron Baynes remained out of the Australian team. However, the injury is worse than originally thought.
Unfortunately for Baynes, he suffered nerve damage in his neck. Originally, the timetable for his return was just a few weeks, but now there is a chance he can miss the entire 2021-2022 NBA season.
Baynes suffered the injury in Australia’s third game against Italy. Since then, he hasn’t made an appearance. He even missed out on his team’s bronze medal ceremony. Many found it odd not to show up, but he simply couldn’t due to being hospitalized for the injury.
Teammate and captain Patty Mills recognized the severity of Baynes’ loss.
�It�s a tough loss for us. His presence on the floor and physical play has been a big part of our identity for so long and that will be missed, but it doesn�t change our focus and how we go about our business and what we have come to achieve.”Patty Mills
The injury is yet another blow for Baynes in the span of just a few days. On August 4th, the Raptors waived him following to rebuild. Many saw the move coming as Baynes didn’t exactly play well in Toronto. His first and only season in Toronto saw his performance drop significantly from just the season before in Phoenix.
His shooting efficiency dropped, his scoring dropped, and his overall game dropped in quality. Now, with no team and no ability to train and workout for teams, Baynes’ NBA future is in jeopardy. At the ripe age of 34 years old, his chances look slim in the NBA.
After going undrafted and spending time in Europe, the veteran arrived in the league at 26. He immediately made a name for himself as one of the NBA’s most consistent big men. While never a dominant offensive threat, his savvy defense around the rim kept him in the league.
However, his age seemingly caught up with him this summer in Tokyo as the 34-year-old featured in his 3rd Olympic Games.