The Bucks have officially signed free agent guard Jerryd Bayless, the team announced Thursday morning. The news comes weeks after reports first surfaced that the two parties reached an agreement on a deal. The team did not disclose the terms of the deal, although it is expected to be for just one year.
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Bayless, a notorious journeyman in the Association, has spent time with six franchises in as many seasons in the league. He began last year with the Memphis Grizzlies before being traded to the Boston Celtics in a mid-season deal that sent Courtney Lee to the Grizzlies.
In 72 appearances for both the Celtics and Grizzlies last season, Bayless averaged 23.4 minutes, 9.3 points, 2.7 assists and 2.0 rebounds a game on 40.2% shooting from the field.
“This is a new opportunity and a new situation, I’m excited to be a part of this community,” Bayless said in a media session.
Bayless has been able to float around the league and find a spot in the backcourt rotation on every team he’s landed with primarily because of his flexibility as a combo guard. Bayless will likely see most of his time on the floor for the Bucks playing shooting guard, as OJ Mayo is the only other two guard on the roster.
We could see Bayless run the point periodically, but the Bucks are virtually set at that that position after the recent addition of true point guard Kendall Marshall. Marshall will split minutes running the point with Nate Wolters and Brandon Knight.
Bayless will wear #19 for the Bucks.