Sixers guard Jerryd Bayless underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, according to the release. “While it’s unfortunate Jerryd will miss the remainder of the season, we feel confident that today’s procedure will resolve his wrist injury and related discomfort,” Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.
Bayless was expected to be the club’s starting point guard this season. He suffered a torn ligament in the wrist during camp but the team and player opted to pursue non-surgical treatments. Bayless had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes during his second game of the season but multiple falls to the floor resulted in significant impact to the wrist, according to the release. He wound up playing in a total of three games, averaging 11 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Bayless signed a three-year, $27MM contract in July as an unrestricted free agent. He played 52 games with the Bucks last season and averaged 10.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28.9 minutes.
Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell have emerged as the team’s point guards in his absence.
The Sixers will not be able to add another player to their roster under the disabled players exception because they are under the salary cap, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets.