Jerryd Bayless, Darrell Arthur sign with Grizzlies

07/11/2012 at 9:03 am By

The Memphis Grizzlies officially added a couple of free agents Wednesday, re-signing forward Darrell Arthur to a three-year deal worth $9 million and adding guard Jerryd Bayless for two seasons, first year at $3 million and a player option for the second season.

Arthur was drafted 27th overall by the Grizzlies in 2008 and has played well when healthy. Arthur missed the entire 2011-2012 season with a tornĀ AchillesĀ and most of the 2009-2010 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Arthur has value as an active, athletic combo forward. When healthy, Arthur has averaged 6.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 18.8 minutes.

Bayless played half of the 2011-2012 season with the Raptors, averaging a career high 11.4 ppg while shooting .423 from three-point range in only 31 games due to a torn oblique muscle. Bayless is a solid scorer and will replace the void of perimeter offense the Grizzlies are losing with O.J. Mayo hitting free agency.

Bayless was drafted 11th overall by the Pacers in 2008 and traded to the Trail Blazers shortly after, then dealt to the Hornets in 2010 before being traded once again to the Raptors. For his career, Bayless has averaged 8.1 ppg and 2.8 apg in four seasons.


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