It continues to be said, that:
Bayless is the future at PG. Batum is the future at SF. Oden is the future at C.
That's more than half of a starting line-up, and we're WAITING for them to develop? I can understand waiting for Oden, as he recovers from microfracture surgery. But WAITING for Batum and Bayless seems a little too patient, meaning we are going to miss opportunities until that expected future arrives. And what if it doesn't arrive? How long should we wait? On which player should we wait longer?
Bayless is a prototype; with size, athleticism, and work ethic that make-up a quality NBA player. Batum has a high basketball IQ and is a defensive star-in-the-making, already drawing comparisons to Pippen and Prince.
The difference between the two is that one is already showing his potential while the other seems to be struggling to learn and play within his role. One has maturity and focus, the other is overconfident and plays too much by his emotion.
When we didn't acquire a PG (Lawson) in the first-round, it became clear that Bayless is in the spotlight of the organization (the one that isn't focused on Oden), and that expectations of him are immediate. While most everybody agrees that Summer League isn't a fair way to judge a player's NBA game, they would also agree that what someone can't do in Vegas they also won't do in the regular season, regardless of the surrounding talent.
Based on his Summer League play, and his lack of development as a true-PG (compared to many of his peers: Rose, Augustin, Westbrook), it seems like WAITING on Jerryd Bayless is a moot point.
Meanwhile, there are two RFA PGs out there who are young, inexpensive, currently better than Bayless, and still posess upside. Felton and Sessions would be immediate impact players on our roster, by either taking the starting job or playing backup better than Sergio or Jerryd can.
I think a team with either of those two can repeat 54 wins, and probably exceed it!