Jerryd Bayless Reportedly to Sign with 76ers: Contract Details, Reaction

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 1, 2016

Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless stands on the court during the singing of the national anthem before an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
Brandon Dill/Associated Press

The Philadelphia 76ers' quest to bolster their backcourt has reportedly led them to free agent Jerryd Bayless

Per Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press and Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bayless agreed to terms Friday on a three-year, $27 million deal with the Sixers.

The 27-year-old Bayless has been a valuable bench piece throughout his eight-year NBA career. He has averaged 8.5 points, 2.9 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game with six different teams. 

Last year was a difficult season for Bayless, who missed 30 games with the Milwaukee Bucks due to various injuries. 

Even though Bayless isn't the splash that suffering fans in Philadelphia might have been hoping to see, Jon Johnson of 94 WIP Radio likes the move for the 76ers:

Philadelphia needed help at point guard and shooting guard. Ish Smith will reportedly sign with the Detroit Pistons, per Pompey. Hollis Thompson and T.J. McConnell are not players who can be relied on to start 82 games every year. 

Bayless provides a veteran presence on a reasonably affordable short-term contract who can play multiple positions, and he provides a stopgap while the 76ers continue to rebuild their roster after drafting Ben Simmons with the first pick. 

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