The Boston Celtics decided to tap into the Detroit Pistons market once again, this time signing Aron Baynes, a backup center.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound Australian provided solid backup minutes to Andre Drummond last season. He averaged 4.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game, but probably will be the most capable rebounder in the Celtics lineup.

A team source confirmed a report that the team used its mid-level exception on Baynes for his one-year, $4.1 million deal. Baynes, 30, has played in the NBA for five seasons, the first three with San Antonio.

The Celtics are well-acquainted with Baynes, who has also shown the ability to shoot from mid-range. He is also a paint-plugger who should give the Celtics a long-needed inside presence.

The Celtics traded for Baynes’ former Pistons teammate, Marcus Morris, last week in exchange for Avery Bradley as part of their need to shed salary to fit Gordon Hayward’s four-year, $128 million deal under the salary cap.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Baynes accepted more than $2 million less to play for Boston. The Pistons’ option was worth $6.5 million, the newspaper said.

Baynes hinted at the decision via Twitter.

“Does anybody know if there’s good BBQ in Boston? Asking for a friend,” he wrote on his verified account.

TIMBERWOLVES: Minnesota has suddenly become one of the “it” destinations for free agents.

Potential and reputation are beating out palm trees and postseason history.

After finalizing contracts with power forward Taj Gibson and point guard Jeff Teague, two complementary additions to a roster that has undergone a significant enrichment over the last three weeks, the Wolves introduced the pair of 2009 first-round draft picks during an introductory news conference.

Gibson (two years, $28 million) and Teague (three years, $57 million) agreed to terms earlier this month.

“They look at the teams and the players that they have, and then they see how they fit into that, and I think it’s very attractive to players in the league,” said the team’s president and coach, Tom Thibodeau.

When Gibson and Teague jumped at the chance to join them, they were driven by more than just the tantalizing trio of newcomer Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They willingly sought the demanding and intense coaching they’ll get from Thibodeau and his staff, too.

“He really helped turn my career. He believed in me when a lot of people really didn’t,” Gibson said, who played five seasons for Thibodeau in Chicago.

LAKERS: Lonzo Ball will have to wait for another shot at De’Aaron Fox.

The Lakers decided to rest their prized pick because of a groin injury, sitting him out of their NBA Summer League game Monday in Las Vegas against Sacramento and fellow rookie point guard Fox.

Fox dominated when Kentucky beat UCLA in the NCAA tournament, scoring 39 points to Ball’s 10. Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, later said his son was playing with an injured hamstring.

KINGS: Sacramento signed guard Vince Carter, the team announced.

Carter, who entered the league with the Toronto Raptors in 1998, is joining his seventh team. He played the last three seasons in Memphis, where he averaged 8 points per game last season.