Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that the Milwaukee Bucks we’re “closing in on a deal” with guard Jerryd Bayless. Now, if you take Bayless’ word for it, the deal is done.
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No terms or announcements have been made, but Gardner reported on the likely specifics of the deal.
The agreement is expected to be a two-year deal with a total value of $6 million to $7 million, according to the source. No player or team options will be involved.
Bayless averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists last season with the Boston Celtics and Memphis Grizzlies.
Bayless had an impressive stint in Boston, averaging 10.1 points and shooting an excellent 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. He was sent to the Celtics as a part of a mid-season deal that sent Courtney Lee to Memphis.
While Bayless was utilized primarily as a shooting guard in Boston, it appears the Bucks plan for him to play the point guard position.
The 25-year-old Bayless fills a need at the point guard spot, adding depth and versatility. Bucks coach Jason Kidd said last week he thought the team could be looking for a quality backup, and second-year player Giannis Antetokounmpo has been auditioning at the point during summer league play.
Bayless was the No. 11 pick in 2008 draft. He played for five teams throughout his first six years in the NBA.