Grizzlies waive former Warrior Jordan Bell
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Bell was traded to Memphis three weeks ago at the deadline—one day after being dealt to Houston from Minnesota in the four-team deal that sent Clint Capela to the Atlanta Hawks and Robert Covington to the Houston Rockets.
The former Oregon Duck appeared in two games for the Grizzlies, most recently scoring five points in six minutes during the Grizzlies 140-112 loss to Houston on Feb. 26. Bell struggled to find a consistent role in Minnesota, too, playing just 8.7 minutes per game in 27 appearances. Overall, he’s averaging 3.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for his third NBA season.
Waiving Bell clears a roster spot for veteran forward Anthony Tolliver, whom the the Grizzlies will reportedly ink to a 10-day contract. The Grizzlies are looking for frontcourt help with injuries to Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee sprain) and Brandon Clarke (quad), and evidently think the 34-year-old Tolliver could help them more than Bell, in part because of his three-point shooting ability.
Bell, a former second-round pick, won a ring during his rookie year in Golden State in 2017-18, but largely fell out of the rotation during his sophomore season and the Warriors chose not to retain him last summer.
Memphis (39-31) currently holds a three-game lead over the New Orleans Pelicans (26-34) for the no. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoff picture.