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What Impact Will Jerryd Bayless Have on The Boston Celtics?

Posted by Ron Leyba on January 11, 2014 at 1:15 PM

A few days ago the Boston Celtics agreed on a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, sending away Courtney Lee a future second-round pick, while at the same time receiving Jerryd Bayless. The C’s also received Ryan Gomes, but they instantly waived him. So what can Boston fans expect from Bayless? What difference does he have from the goner Courtney Lee?

Well, first of all, those two players are similar. They both play the shooting guard position but Lee is more of a shooter, while Bayless is an all-around player. For those fans who are still wondering why the C’s would get involved in such a deal, this happened clearly for salary-dumping reasons.

Courtney Lee has three-years left in his contract and $16.7 million, while on the other hand, Bayless is in the books for just $3.13 million only for this season. The 25-year newcomer is set to become an unrestricted free-agent this summer and there are big chances the Celtics decide not to bring him back. Nonetheless, if he manages to hold a good level of production this season, Boston could retain him in his arsenal. 

One significant aspect of Bayless’s game is that he is a very good ball handler. He can easily advance the ball and set up the team, taking more point guard responsibilities than what Lee was able to. On top of that, he is still young so there is always room for improvement. Since the Celtics’ main target at the moment is a deep rebuild, Jerryd Bayless could be one of the pieces of this rebuilding process. 

In his first two games with the Celtics, the 6’3” guard scored six and 11 points respectively. Whilst he is a player who generally faces ups and downs in his performance, he is very capable of putting up big numbers, if he is given enough playing time. On top of that, if Head Coach Brad Stevens throws him on the court with the second unit, he can easily be the centerpiece of the lineup. 

Bayless can create his own shot and he always draws much defensive attention. All those are attributes that Courtney Lee of course didn’t have. Jamal Crawford is now the starting point guard of the team with Avery Bradley seeing minutes at the shooting guard spot, too. Nonetheless, once Rajon Rondo returns, the Celtics’ backcourt will be packed and the C’s would have to find ways to trade one of their assets away. Because on the other hand, the team’s frontcourt and especially the center position is very thin. 

For now, it seems like the addition of Jerryd Bayless is a good one for Boston. He can be considered as an upgrade to Courtney Lee, although Lee is putting up decent performances up to this point of the season. 
Bayless is a much more energetic and aggressive player than Lee and apart from shooting, he can do almost anything else better than Lee. Time will tell if Jerryd Bayless is here to come or not.

Ron Leyba is the content manager of www.FantasyBasketballMoneyLeagues.com – premier source of fantasy basketball updates, news and rumors. Ron recently posted an article about Fantasy Basketball Sleepers Of 2014 which is truly helpful and interesting. For more of his basketball insights and fantasy basketball advice, you can follow his updates via Google+.

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Reply paul
8:03 PM on January 11, 2014 
No, not an upgrade. A downgrade. My God I'm glad I don't write for this site anymore. Does every single article have to bow down to Danny and to the team's pr? I don't disagree with the move, and I hope Bayless blossoms, but this move can't have been a salary dump move and an upgrade at the same time, can it? No.Your own words show that you know the score.
Reply shawn cassidy
12:39 AM on January 12, 2014 
Ron works for another site, fantasy sports, more into the numbers. Which he did a good job with. The move was an upgrade. If you watched the games you would see that.
Reply Morena
3:00 AM on January 12, 2014 
I didn't like Lee anymore, so I don't mind this move.
I hope Bayless can do some good in his time in Boston
Reply Greg
3:23 AM on January 12, 2014 
Bayless fits this team. Paul, your acting like the Celtics traded Rondo or something. We traded a bench player for another. Not a tank move. Get over your self.I like what you wrote, but now your just trolling man.