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Jordan Bell says Ryan Saunders’ vision for him is reason why he joined Timberwolves

Jordan Bell, Ryan Saunders, Timberwolves

Jordan Bell agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 1. The Golden State Warriors have the right to match the offer, but it doesn’t appear they are going to.

Bell says Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders’ vision for him is the main reason he joined Minnesota.

“He was telling me the kind of player he thinks I can be,” Bell told Marc Medina of the Bay Area News Group. “When a head coach tells you stuff like that, it makes you feel good to be wanted. I think we can do something special over there, especially with the young coach that we have.

“I’ll take what I learned from Golden State. I can bring a championship mentality and I know the stuff you go through with the ups and downs of a long season like that. I take what I learned from that team and try to share that experience.”

The Warriors paid $3.5 million to the Chicago Bulls for the pick used to select Jordan Bell in the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft. He has career averages of 3.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 57.0 percent from the field.

The Timberwolves life for Bell is going to be a lot different than his experience in Golden State. Minnesota isn’t projected to be a playoff team in 2019-20. We’ll see if a change of scenery can jump-start Bell’s NBA career.