Jordan Bell has a new home in the NBA.
On Saturday, the former Oregon Duck three-year starting forward (2014-2016) has signed with the Washington Wizards. Make that two Ducks now on the Wizards’ roster with Bell joining Troy Brown Jr. (Oregon, 2017).
Washington will be the fourth team Bell has signed with after getting selected in the second round (No. 38 overall) by the Chicago Bulls but was then promptly traded to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations.
In his two seasons with the Warriors, Bell became an NBA champion and saw valuable floor minutes. He appeared in 57 games and started in 13 his rookie season averaging 4.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 14.2 minutes per game.
Bell then signed as a free agent to the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2019. He appeared in 27 games and then was included in a four-team trade that dealt him to the Houston Rockets before then getting traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
The Duck reunion of Bell and Dillon Brooks (teammates for two seasons in Eugene, Oregon and appeared in a NCAA Final Four together), however, was short-lived. Bell played in just two games for the Grizzlies that season.
After that short period in Memphis, he was waived and signed a two-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The year 2020 was not kind to Bell as he bounced around from team to team.
Now, Bell will get another opportunity but this time in Washington.
“It’s been a lot of ups, a lot of downs, a lot craziness,” said Bell on Saturday for his first time speaking to the Wizards media. “I was here almost a year ago for the [DC] G-League and I practiced one day and then the season got shut down… It’s been crazy but I’m just be happy to still be where I’m at right now.”
Bell continued about where he fits on this Washington roster:
“I think defensively, just being the versatile defender that I am. I believe I can guard 1-5, so if there’s a guy that needs to be contained, just killing us in the one-on-one or pick-and-roll… you have a guy like me that can just switch out. It makes the defensive scheme much more simpler that we’re not breaking down, we’re not at a disadvantage coming down there if we’re just switching and that…”
The Wizards could sure use some of Bell’s defense. Washington is currently last in the league in points allowed to the opponent (121.3), or as Bradley Beal explained it, “We can’t guard a parked car.”
Good luck in Washington, Jordan!