September 4, 2018, 11:03 amJerryd BaylessG, Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers and free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford have mutual interest in getting a deal done, but the contract of Jerryd Bayless is currently holding up all talks.
Bayless has one year left on his contract and is slated to make $8.6 million. The Sixers lost rookie guard Zhaire Smith to a Jones fracture and have grown more interested in Crawford’s services since the news broke that Smith would require surgery. The team also let Ersan İlyasova and Marco Belinelli walk in free agency and is in need of a scorer who can come off the bench. Crawford averaged 10.3 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 33.1 from 3-point range last season with the Wolves but he opted out of his contract beacause he was looking for a larger role. The Sixers haven’t had any luck finding a taker for Bayless and a buyout could be in the works as a last resort.
Source: Sam Amico on Twitter