The first shoe has dropped. Bryan Colangelo went out and got the Sixers a point guard, agreeing to terms with 27-year-old Jerryd Bayless this afternoon.
Associated Press writer Jon Krawczynski had the scoop:
AP Source: 76ers agree to terms with Jerryd Bayless on 3 year, $27M deal— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) July 1, 2016
All things considered, not too shabby! Bayless has been a solid, if inconsistent shooter from downtown throughout his career, having knocked down almost 44 percent of his threes on 4.4 attempts per game in Milwaukee last season. He won't be anything resembling a primary playmaker, but he's a definite upgrade over what the Sixers put on the floor the last couple seasons.
The setup in Milwaukee -- with Giannis Antetokounmpo taking more and more of the ball-handling reps -- should make the transition to Philadelphia a smooth one for Bayless, with Ben Simmons representing the Sixers edition of the Greek Freak. Bayless took over half of his attempts from three last season, a figure that should remain high in Philly. Bayless' EFG% on catch-and-shoot attempts ranked fifth in the league last season at 68.6, trailing only Troy Daniels, Jeff Teague, Steph Curry and Matthew Dellavedova of players that registered 100 attempts or more.
Three years seems like a bit much, but Bayless is a great fit and in the right talent tier for this team -- good enough to upgrade the position, but not enough to prevent the team from drafting or acquiring their lead guard of the future sometime in the next couple years. Thumbs up!