The Philadelphia 76ers announced on Monday that guard Jerryd Bayless would be assigned to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA’s Developmental League.
Bayless, who has yet to play this season after signing a three-year free agent contract this summer, is being sent to the Sevens as part his “ongoing rehabilitation”, according to the team’s press release.
He suffered a torn ligament in his left wrist during training camp, and ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Bayless is expected to miss the first month of the season.
He’s been able to shoot prior to games and after practices, but has not been able to practice with the team since injuring himself. However, the assignment is a good indication that the 28-year-old is getting ready to return to game action.
Philadelphia assigned guards Kendall Marshall and Tony Wroten to the Sevens last November as a part of their recovery from torn ACLs. The pair were recalled three weeks later, and Wroten made his season debut the following day, while Marshall played in his first game the following week.
The return of Bayless would certainly be a big boost for a Sixers backcourt that has lacked in scoring and depth. Sergio Rodriguez is shooting just 27.3 percent from beyond the arc, and T.J. McConnell averages under four shots per game. When healthy, Bayless will likely take the reins as starting point guard, with Rodriguez and McConnell splitting time in reserve roles.