Where to now for Bayless?
I've always been a big fan of Bayless, and thought Toronto might have been his chance to really break out, which he did from time to time before injury kept him down.
He's a free agent now after the Lowry trade, so where do you see him ending up?
I think he'd be a great fit back in New Orleans; Jack is their best PG but getting on in years, and Monty Williams has been a fan of Bayless since his days as an assistant in Portland. Bayless' shooting ability means he could play off the ball a little bit if Gordon sticks around and his defensive mindset would work well with the Hornets.
Houston to me is the best place for him though. They have a history of productive PGs, they don't really have a starting PG unless they get Lin, and I'm so sure Lin's body can hold up to the strain of an 82-game season. Bayless has better numbers than Lowry did coming off the bench in Houston in less minutes, and is two years younger than Lowry is now.
So where do you want Bayless to go, what sort of production do you expect and where would he be the best fit?
Knicks, Mavericks and Bulls all seem like good spots
If the Suns get EG, I could see Bayless acting in a Leandro Barbosa role for Phoenix.
It looks like the Sixers are not going to retain Williams so he could step in and take over Lou Williams role as the dynamic scorer off the bench, bayless is a very good scorer but he's an undersized shooting guard and he doesn't have the playmaking abilities of a point guard
Houston, Atlanta, Philly.
I honestly hope the mavs don't sighn him , he has showed me anything that I would like about him ......I'd rather trade for some teams back up pg like Luke ridnour , devn harris or sigh. Sessions
as crazy as this may sound...if Bayless cant find a team where he looks like he can fit in long term, he may want to go overseas for a year. As long as teams uses him as a temporary solution, thats all he is ever going to be....a journeyman. His style doesnt fit with every team....only teams that need scoring lead guards.
Honestly, there isnt much room for Bayless in the league at the current time. The teams that can use him are over the cap. Other teams either have established guards to the point to where he would struggle with getting significant minutes. The rest have rookies that they are looking to develop and would only need his services for a short period of time, then he would be disposable.
Orlando could work, and maybe Cleveland could use him in a nice 3 guard rotation with Irving and Waiters. Despite the cap situation, the Bulls are reported to be very interested in him.
Signing with the Bulls for a year could be a really good move for his career; he'd step into the void left by Rose and show that he can be effective at the point in a scoring capacity.
I'm still set on Houston as his best landing place; they have a history of taking scoring PGs, and if the Knicks match Lin then he's a great replacement. I still think Bayless is a better long-term prospect than Lin.
My first thought is Bayless ends up in either Dallas or Houston, basically whichever team doesn't land Sessions...and if neither lands Sessions both these teams will be going for Bayless.
I don't think overseas would be bad for him, but there will be enough NBA interest to land a decent contract. 1)Houston 2) Dallas
Best scenario: A young team building from the bottom. This is why he was a good fit for Toronto until the Lowry trade. He is still very young and will improve his PG skills as his team developes. That is if he wants to be a starting point in this league. Otherwise he will always be a bench player.
Houston looks like they are going in this direction. Dallas might also, but I'm not sure Cuban has the patience for organic growth. New Orleans is a team like this. Atlanta could be. Orlando should be.
Chicago is really just looking to rent a guy for now - Bayless needs to find a permanent home.
Philly is past their growing phase - they need to turn the corner with some veteran talent. But he would fit their athletic defensive system.
i see Houston make an offer, now when they left with no pg's, i also feel it's a good atmosphere for Bayless to succeed there and fulfiller his potential.
I like the fit with Memphis the most for him as he can be their offensive 6th man while tony Allen starts and plays defense. Bayless is at his best when he plays shooting guard (he started there for the raptors for a while and played great). He is a guy that just needs to stay healthy and get minutes because he is very very good. He just had trouble playing behind Calderon, derozan, and barbosa last year. I was pissed when the raps let him go, I thought he could have been the starting 2 guard this year..
I understand what you mean about Bayless needing a permanent home, but I think he needs to be a starter to really excel, and Chicago offers an opportunity for a team to give him the starting job without making a long-term commitment, knowing they have Rose waiting to come back.
Plenty of players have turned good stints with one team into a permanent landing place somewhere else (or at the very least a consistent starting position); see Lowry, Dragic, Lin.
If Bayless can "display his wares" in a big market like Chicago on what will still be a good team with Thibs around, then somewhere like New Orleans might feel more confident about taking him on.
Personally I think he'd be a great fit alongside Tyreke Evans, wherever Reke ends up. They are both combo-guards, one has elite penetrating ability, the other great shooting ability, are good defenders, and between them can create for others.
I feel what you are saying about Chicago, the only thing is, I feel like they are going to try and get Rose back on the court as soon as they possibly can...so Bayless would need to be healthy and would need to play phenomenal but likely wont have much time to do it. He wont get a whole year, maybe only half and that would be a risk in itself. I think he displayed enough of his wares in Toronto...he just had to go once they got Lowry.
Think about Goran Dragic though, he was displaying his wares in Phoenix, but it was only until Lowry went down in Houston that he was recognised as being worthy of the sort of deal he got. People balk at rewarding players who've only succeeded in limited minutes.
They'll get Rose back as soon as possible, but he's still going to miss a good chunk of the season, and as Lin proved, you don't need to play well for that long to get yourself a contract.
I think Bayless ends up in Houston. He could have the chance to start there! Not quite sure if that would be great for him because he never got the chance to start permanently, just in spurts or when a guard in starting lineup was injured. He did pretty good when he started, though so it might work out. Houston has done well with scoring guards, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic, so Bayless should do well there. Houston will also likely have other rookies starting too and a pretty young team, so he'll have the chance to learn and grow with a young team. (Jeremy Lamb, Royce White or Patrick Patterson will likely start with Lee being a free agent and Martin on block. Scola is also on the block so this makes room for White but most likely Patterson would start.)
I think Dallas will land Sessions.
Bulls could use him, they seem to like him a ton, but I think it will be as a rental. They will be looking to start him in place of Rose while he heals from ACL surgery, but what about past that? And furthermore, they just got Teague, sounds like they will be loaded up at PG, so not much playing time for him just like he would receive in Toronto if he stayed.
Kidd chose the Knicks for two reasons, one to win (Dallas is loosing a ton of players. They just lost Terry, lost out on Dwill, probably won't get Dwight now so Dallas could be a lottery team next year and I don't think he wanted to end his career losing), the second reason was a chance to mentor Lin. So I think the Knicks will match Houston's offer to Lin, poison pilled or not in order to keep Kidd happy.
I feel that he did prove himself in Toronto, but Toronto wants to turn the corner and finally make the playoffs so they went and got Lowry making Bayless the odd man out. It wasn't like they didn't like Bayless, they just didn't have any room for him. They didn't want a player with his skills being the 3rd PG in the rotation. They knew some other team could use his services better, so they let him go, and hopefully Houston or Dallas will land him, although I really think Houston is the best place for him.
I like him in Houston more than in Dallas. Beaubois, Cunningham, Jones, and Bayless just seems redundant.
Granted, Bayless is the most proven of that group, but still, Dallas is set at combo-guard unless they make a trade.
Bulls seem like a good fit until Rose is back. Also Mavericks need a Terry replacement.
Mike James a few years ago dropped 20 a night for the Raptors and turned it into a fat contract with the Minny Timberwolves. Nothing wrong being a journeyman if you gettin paid.