Former Warriors big Jordan Bell signs NBA G League contract
Jordan Bell, a former second-round pick, has signed an NBA G League Contract, according to the league’s transaction page on March 9.
Bell was selected out of Oregon by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft. He was traded to the Golden State Warriors on draft night for $3.5 million in cash considerations. During his rookie season, Bell started 13 games for the Warriors and averaged 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 14.2 minutes per game.
In addition, he played an integral role with the Dubs that year, helping them win their sixth championship. However, his minutes decreased during his sophomore season before ultimately falling out of the rotation.
This past offseason, Bell signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in hopes of getting a bigger role. Unfortunately, the big man struggled to find a consistent role and only played in 27 games, averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 boards in a career-low 8.7 minutes per game.
Minnesota decided to trade Bell to the Memphis Grizzlies before the 2020 NBA trade deadline for Bruno Caboclo and a 2023 second-round draft pick. After two games with Memphis, Bell was waived to clear a roster spot for veteran forward Anthony Tolliver.
Now in the G League, Bell will get another chance to prove that he belongs in the NBA.
The 25-year-old has tremendous athletic ability and has the potential to be a solid player coming off the bench. Nevertheless, Jordan Bell needs to find a way to adjust to a team and impact the game in different ways in order to get a consistent role.