The Sixers have reportedly signed veteran point guard Jerryd Bayless to a three year deal this afternoon. The deal is reportedly worth $27 million, averaging $9 million a season.
Bayless spent the last two seasons playing with the Milwaukee Bucks. Last season, Bayless appeared in just 52 games or the Bucks, averaging just about 29 minutes a game, the most in his career. Bayless averaged 10.4 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. The 10.4 points per game was the second most in Bayless’ career.
Bayless is an eight-year NBA veteran that was drafted 11th overall out of Arizona by Indiana in the first round of the 2008 draft. The Sixers will be the 7th team that Bayless will have played on in 9 NBA seasons.
Bayless fills a huge need for the Sixers as he is capable of playing both guard spots and can be a veteran leader on a team lacking leadership. Bayless played two seasons, from 2010 to 2012, for the Toronto Raptors under current Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo. Bayless’ career high in points came in his second of two seasons in Toronto under Colangelo.
The consensus among media members around the league is that $9mil/year for a player like Bayless is very affordable in today’s market. The Sixers entered the free agency period with the most cap space of any team in the NBA and they filled a huge guard need with the signing of Bayless.
The Sixers still have other needs on the wing and could also use another guard. The team still has plenty of money left to spend on other big name wing players still available. The Sixers have been tied to rumors with restricted free agents Harrison Barnes and Allen Crabbe. Both players could warrant big money, with Barnes likely needing a max contract to be stolen away from the Warriors.
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