Jerryd Bayless will join the 76ers.
For the first time in a while, we can report that the Philadelphia 76ers have signed a free agent. The team has agreed to terms with free agent point guard Jerryd Bayless.
Bayless will reportedly receive a 3-year contract worth $27 million.
The 27-year-old averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 0.9 steals for the Milwaukee Bucks last season, while playing largely off-the-ball for the first time in his career.
He’s in a unique position where he’ll enter a situation in Philadelphia where Ben Simmons is likely to have the ball in his hands quite a bit, that is very similar to what he saw in Milwaukee playing next to 6-11 point guard Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Perhaps most importantly for the 76ers, Bayless shot a career-high 43% from 3-point range, on 4.4 attempts a game.
After years of “trusting the process”, this move marks the 76ers first foray back into the world of competitive basketball.
Bayless should fit well at point guard alongside 2016 #1 overall pick Ben Simmons and the hugely talented, but oft-injured center Joel Embiid.
After this move the team will still find itself more than $40 million below the NBA’s salary cap floor.