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Report: Bulls sign Jordan Bell to 10-day contact

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Jordan Bell is a name familiar to many Chicago Bulls fans for reasons other than basketball.

And now, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the 6-foot-8-inch forward will finally wear a Bulls uniform.

As the Bulls placed another player in the league's health and safety protocols, management moved to sign Bell to a 10-day contract on Wednesday as a hardship exception. Bell, who has averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds over 160 NBA games with four teams, had been playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G League.

The previous managerial regime drew some fans' ire when it sold the draft rights to the second-round pick that became Bell for a then-league-record $3.5 million. The Bulls had plunged into a full rebuild on the same 2017 draft night, trading Jimmy Butler. That the reigning world champion Golden State Warriors saw fit to pay that much to acquire Bell made the transaction that much harder to stomach for some fans.

It also led to a memorable night on Nov. 24, 2017 when Bell burned the Bulls to the tune of seven points, six rebounds, six blocks and four assists in a Warriors' home victory.

The Bulls currently have five players in the league's protocols and two more who are injured. Bell is likely more insurance than anything else as Derrick Jones Jr., who exited the Dec. 19 home game against the Lakers early after straining his hamstring, is now listed as available for Wednesday's home matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

 

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