New Celtics Jerryd Bayless running out of time to prove his worth

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DENVER — There was a debate nearly six years ago before the 2008 NBA draft. Who was the better, more NBA-ready guard, Jerryd Bayless or Russell Westbrook?

Bayless was a high-scoring guard from the University of Arizona, a one-and-done who was prepared to take his offensive arsenal to the next level. Yet, he hasn’t been able to fully showcase that arsenal. In the NBA, he has been a volume scorer off the bench, nothing more. He had started just 45 of his 340 NBA games before Tuesday night, when the Celtics became his fifth team in six seasons.

He is a 25-year-old journeyman and impending free agent, meaning the next 48 games will be spent attempting to impress a club to commit a contract to him.

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