Mar 10, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Toronto Raptors point guard Jerryd Bayless (5) passes the ball during the second quarter against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-US PRESSWIRE
ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that sources say the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to terms with free agent guard Jerryd Bayless, thus likely filling the veteran guard role behind Mike Conley that will most definitely be vacated soon by O.J. Mayo.
Bayless spent the last two seasons with the Toronto Raptors, averaging around 22 minutes a night in both stints. Although he only played in 31 of 66 games this past year, Bayless shot 42 percent from both the field and behind the arc, and had his best scoring year at 11.4 points per game. His PER of 17.80 was 17th among qualified point guards, the highest on the list with the most limited minutes.
As far as score-first guards go, well, Bayless is one. He is seen as a guy who will aggressively hunt his shot -- in those 22 minutes per night last year, he averaged just about nine shots a game -- for better or worse. It's been a source of praise and otherwise for him, but Bayless remains a potentially dynamic scorer, with experience, to give the Grizzlies sound minutes and a different look behind Conley.
We've been clamoring for a veteran-ish guard, and it appears Bayless will be one, if not the, answer to the question this offseason. In terms of general need -- a point guard with the ability to generate offense and who is comfortable with coming off the bench -- it seems to be a fit. Whether or not Bayless specifically can mesh with the Grizz and learn the offense well enough, while contributing his own scoring bursts when the time calls, is the real question.
For now, Memphis has again attempted to address a need. Let's hope it works out.