July 6, 2012
I’ve always had my eye on this kid, for a couple of years I thought he would be a great addition to D’Antoni’s offensive scheme. He did some pre-draft workouts for the Knicks in 2008, Knicks drafted Danilo Gallinari with the 6th pick, Bayless went 11th to the Pacers but was immediately flipped for Brandon Rush and other pieces. The knicks have never really expressed the need for Bayless by trying to acquire him but I think he would be a better bench option then say Toney Douglas at this point.
Toronto has pulled their qualifying offer and have made Bayless an unrestricted free agent. I think he is a small combo guard with a lot left him. He is 23 years old, a former Wildcat, he’s never really received starters minutes as projected coming out of college. He has a sweet stroke and maybe has some untapped talent like Jeremy Lin in him. Hey you never know, right place right time!
Note: Jarret Jack was involved in that draft day trade, he is another PG I think that can fit here in NY!