Apr 5, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Boston Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless (11) takes a knee after missing a three point shot during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pistons beat the Celtics 115-111. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Bucks Close To Deal With Bayless

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks are close to reaching an agreement with free agent guard Jerryd Bayless on a two-year deal worth between $6 million and $7 million.

The 25-year-old Arizona product split last season between the Grizzlies and Celtics. In 41 games for Boston, Bayless averaged 10.1 points and 3.1 assists.

At 6-3, Bayless is more of a natural point guard, but he’s easily vacillated between point guard and shooting guard throughout his six years in the NBA. Last season, he played point guard for 72 percent of his minutes with the Celtics.



If Bayless does, indeed, join the Bucks – it seems extremely likely – he’ll help fill a major need in the backcourt, joining a rotation that currently features Brandon Knight, O.J. Mayo and Nate Wolters. Giannis Antetokounmpo will also see significant time in the frontcourt.

While Knight showed progress as a point guard last season, he’s probably better suited to play the two long-term. He could still open the season as the starting point guard, which would likely relegate Bayless to competing with Mayo for the starting shooting guard spot.

If Bayless doesn’t earn a starting spot, he’ll serve as the first guard off the bench, capable of filling in at both backcourt spots.

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