Jerryd Bayless will join the 76ers.
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Jerryd  Bayless
Bayless gives the 76ers a legitimate NBA-caliber player in their backcourt.

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.

 

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