Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jerryd Bayless suggested Thursday that the wrist injury that has kept him out of two preseason games might cause him to miss some of the start of the regular season.
According to Philly.com’s Keith Pompey, the veteran had an MRI on Wednesday, bit the results were not favorable. The Sixers have not yet disclosed the specific nature of the injury and have only described the ailment as a sore wrist. Pompey expects that the Sixers will make an announcement in the near future. The team is already without rookie Ben Simmons for an extended period of time, and numerous other players are dealing with more minor health problems.
When asked about his wrist prior to Thursday’s preseason game against the Washington Wizards, Bayless also didn’t offer much information. “I’m not even sure about it,” Bayless said. “They had the MRI, but it’s not the best right now.”
After sitting out several offseasons of free agency under former general manager Sam Hinkie, the Sixers entered the fray in 2016, acquiring the services of a number of veteran guards, including Bayless. He signed a three-year, $27 million deal with the team in July.
When healthy, Bayless is expected to provide floor spacing for a team that lacks many outside shooters. He is a career 36.5 percent shooter from beyond the arc, but with the Bucks last season he shot over 43 percent while attempting over four threes per game. At 28 years old, the Sixers hope that Bayless will still be a productive shooter once young players like Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Simmons have developed.