Report: 76ers signing Jerryd Bayless to three-year, $27 million contract

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The 76ers badly needed a point guard before they let their top player at the position, Ish Smith, leave for the Pistons.

Now, Philadelphia has found an upgrade in the backcourt though not necessarily a pure point guard: Jerryd Bayless.

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press:

Bayless can play either guard position. Ideally, Philadelphia adds another point guard and allows Bayless to spend more time at shooting guard. But if Bayless winds up the top point guard on the roster, that’s not so bad. The former Buck improves the 76ers’ position.

I especially like his fit with No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, a distributing power forward. Bayless can help Simmons as a co-lead ball-handler. When Simmons is controlling the offense, Bayless can spot up. Bayless shot 84-for-176 (48%) on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last season, per NBA.com.

Bayless makes Philadelphia better immediately, and he should easily transition into a complementary role as the roster improves and evolves.