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Jerryd Bayless is a free agent this summer. He got off to a slow start but has become the Celtics’ most dependable scorer.
Bayless took his time to blend into the Celtics’ system, seemingly trying too hard to distribute the ball instead of being a volume shooter, which is his true calling. And while the Celtics have lost eight consecutive games, Bayless is making a case to come back because he gives Boston the streaky shooter it has lacked since Eddie House was traded.
Phil Pressey has grown in the role as Rajon Rondo’s primary backup, and Saturday night he handled the team flawlessly until the offense broke down in the final quarter. Pressey is showing he can play at this level.