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July 01, 2016

Sixers reportedly agree with guard Jerryd Bayless on 3-year, $27 million deal

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As it turns out, the local basketball team has gotten in on the action on first day of NBA free agency. According to the AP’s Jon Krawczynski, the Sixers have agreed with Milwaukee Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless to what looks like a perfectly reasonable three-year deal:

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to terms with point guard Jerryd Bayless on a three-year deal worth $27 million.

The two sides came to agreement on Friday afternoon. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal cannot be signed until July 7.

The 27-year-old Bayless was a valuable backup for the Milwaukee Bucks for the last two seasons. He averaged 10.4 points and 3.1 assists last season. Bayless will give the 76ers an experienced point guard, which the team prioritized heading into free agency.

Krawczynski is also reporting that all three years are guaranteed. We will have much more on Bayless later, but from an on-court standpoint, he’s the type of guard that fits with Ben Simmons in an off-ball role. The 27-year-old shot 43 percent from downtown last season in Milwaukee, although he’s only made 36.5 percent of his threes for his career.

And while a two-year deal would’ve probably been preferable to three, the money is far from outrageous, especially when compared to some of the other deals we have seen handed out in the past 15 hours.

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