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Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

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Warriors sign C DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

OAKLAND The Warriors made it official on Sunday: They are trying to get bigger and if it costs a little money, so be it.

The Warriors signed center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet worth a reported 42.7 million over four years. Now they will wait up to three days to find out whether or not the L.A. Clippers will match the offer.

If the Clippers match the offer, Jordan goes back to the L.A.; if not, he becomes a Warrior and immediately becomes the teams tallest, most athletic player -- and its best shot-blocker.

Whether or not the Clippers match the Warriors offer, Jordan will earn a salary this season in excess of 10 times the amount he earned last season. In other words, from under a million per year to close to 10 million per. The Contra Costa Times reported the terms of Jordan's offer sheet.

He is 7-foot-1 and only 23 years old. Last season Jordan averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game. He has little to no low post game but he rebounds, can rim-protect and can get up and down the court. The Warriors are hoping that he can turn into a dominant defensive center down the road.

Weve always known the key factors for our team to get better were to rebound, defend and block shots, Warriors general manager Larry Riley said. DeAndre Jordan has those. We feel strongly we will improve in those areas.

The Warriors were able to put together an offer sheet for Jordan without having to use the amnesty provision on current center Andris Biedrins. Instead, they will use it on Charlie Bell, seldom-used and now legally-embattled.

It is possible the Warriors could have close to 20 million invested in two centers, neither of whom is consistent. Biedrins has had two awful years after being effective earlier in his career.

And while Jordans best years appear to be in front of him, he is a long way from being a big man you can count on.

Nevertheless, the Warriors can claim and rightfully so that from a basketball standpoint they had to address size and money be darned they went ahead and did it.

Riley said the Warriors are unsure about whether the Clippers will match the offer. He also said the Warriors didnt necessarily make an offer that he believed the Clippers would not match but one Jordan deserved. According to other reports, the Clippers already have offered Jordan a five-year, 40 million deal.

Riley also intimated Jordan has expressed an interest in becoming a Warrior.

We more than likely wouldnt put an offer sheet (in front of) a player who expressed any interest in being someplace else. Were comfortable he wants to play here have no doubts about that.

Jordan Bell enjoys trolling Bulls

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Jordan Bell enjoys trolling Bulls

OAKLAND -- Jordan Bell fessed up. Got honest. Came clean. Snitched on himself.

After saying Friday morning that he held no grudge against the franchise that drafted him, the Warriors rookie admitted Friday night that enjoyed every moment, including several memorable highlights, in a 143-94 win over the Bulls at Oracle Arena.

A good feeling, eh?

“I’m not going to lie. It was,” Bell said. “Just because of everything that happened. I know I said at first, coming in to the game, that I wasn’t really thinking about it. But then everybody kept reminding me about it today, so it felt pretty good.”

Though Chicago drafted Bell last June, it was at the direction of the Warriors, who bought his rights for cash considerations that amounted to $3.5 million.

Making his first NBA start, for a resting Draymond Green, Bell played 27 minutes, contributing 7 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Oh, and six blocks.

Six.

“They were all impressive,” coach Steve Kerr marveled.

With exquisite timing, Bell chased down Bulls forward Denzel Valentine for a one block in the third quarter, slamming the ball off the backboard to trigger a Warriors fast break.

On another, in the fourth quarter, Bell initially protected the rim against a driving Paul Zipser, who was forced to pump-fake and pass to Quincy Pondexter, whose layup attempt was rejected outright on Bell’s second leap.

“That’s probably my favorite one, just because everybody thought they were going to score,” Bell said. “It was a good hustle play.”

Bell acknowledged making several mental mistakes, particularly defending Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen, but generally seemed pleased with his part in a runaway victory.

He even caught and slammed a lob pass from, of all teammates, Zaza Pachulia, on a two-man fast break.

Bell most assuredly was pleased with his last offensive sequence, stealing a Pondexter pass and starting a solo fast break, crossing over Zipser before he dropped in a layup. 

After making the shot, Bell rubbed his fingers in each hand, in the international sign for “money,” while mouthing the words “three point five.”

“I wanted to see how ‘Cash Considerations’ was playing over there,” Bell said about as smoothly as possible while sprinkling sarcasm.

He had thought about trolling the Bulls from the moment he was told on Wednesday he would start. As the game neared, he decided he’d better stick to preparing for the game. It worked out just fine.

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

Steve Kerr uses playing cards as his latest pregame prop for Warriors news

For his latest trick, Steve Kerr brought out a deck of cards Friday night in Oakland. 

With Kevin Durant and Draymond Green out against the Bulls, Kerr was ready to announce who would replace them. Get your phones ready reporters.

"You guys ready to tweet?" Kerr asked reporters. "We're gonna start Omri and Jordan Bell." 

Kerr then began to shuffle his deck of cards and said, "As soon as you're down tweeting, we'll resume human contact. But in the meantime, stare at your phones, ignore me, I'm just practicing my shuffling." 

Casspi, in his first year with the Warriors, is averaging 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game through 15 games. The rookie Bell has played in 12 games and is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. 

Friday night is Bell's first career start. 

Kerr's pregame prop list now includes a nail clipper, a Rubbik's cube, a slinky, and playing cards.