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Justin Herbert immersing himself in Chargers playbook at minicamp 

Justin Herbert immersing himself in Chargers playbook at minicamp 

While Justin Herbert hasn’t had the opportunity to get out in the sun with his Los Angeles Chargers teammates just yet, he’s already soaking up the team’s playbook. 

In a Zoom call with reporters this weekend, the Chargers top pick said he’s getting the most out of his online sessions and immersing himself in the playbook during virtual meetings with offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and QBs coach Pep Hamilton. 

''Reading it and doing it are different,” Herbert said. “I take pride in my preparation. This type of learning I feel comfortable with, being able to pick up as much as I can. I’ve always taken pride in whether it’s schoolwork or in the classroom. This type of learning situation I feel comfortable with. I’m going to do my best to pick up as much as I can in this situation. 

“When that time comes when we go out on the field, I know that I’ll be ready.”

The rookie quarterback says the Chargers offensive playbook draws similarities to the one he learned at Oregon. 

“There are a lot of things and there’s a lot more formations and protections,” Herbert said. “It’s much more complex than what we had (at Oregon) so I’m going to do everything I can to learn it as quickly as I can.”

Herbert has also challenged himself in getting to know his Chargers teammates, many of who are outside the quarterback room. He is embracing the opportunity to build chemistry with them, whether that’s lifting weights with the offensive lineman or throwing with the wide receivers. 

''You have to find a way to introduce yourself, whether it is lifting or throwing. I changed my lifting group so I could work out with some of the offensive linemen,'' Herbert said. 

Over the next few weeks, Herbert said he will begin throwing to his top two targets, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry. Herbert mentioned that Henry was the first Chargers player to reach out to him when he was selected. 

The pre-training camp workouts will certainly aid Herbert and his Chargers squad in having an advantage when players finally are able to take the field together. At Oregon, the Eugene native helped escalate the Ducks’ football program from four wins in 2016 to a 12-win season in 2019, which included a Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl victory during his senior year. 

Now in the NFL, Herbert will look to do revitalize the Chargers, who finished 5-11-0 and fourth in the AFC West last season. It will be a daunting task for Herbert, as he has already been taskted to develop a new line of thinking given this new reality the NFL is facing.  

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Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time

Oregon Ducks star Sabrina Ionescu rocks Liberty merch for first time

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here. 

We are finally getting a look at Sabrina Ionescu in her New York Liberty threads and we need a Liberty seafoam green jersey...STAT!

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The No. 1 draft pick and former Oregon Duck took her swag level to the extreme in the Liberty’s latest post which features Ionescu in mint and then again in black on a Times Square-esque billboard. 

It’s no surprise her brand new jersey sold out from the WNBA merchandise site in less than an hour. Take a look:  

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The Ionescu threads became so popular that some shops began selling jersey t-shirts as a lower-cost alternative to rep the G.O.A.T. 

This isn’t the first or last time Ionescu has made wearing a women’s basketball jersey a pretty big deal. Nike began making her Ducks jersey in November 2019 and sold out within the first two hours.

Nike made it official with the triple-double queen after she moved across the country to join the Liberty, signing Ionescu to an endorsement deal. Now, WNBA fans all across the country can rep Ionescu with pride even when there’s no game. 

In her four-year college career, the Oregon sensation became the first player in NCAA history, male or female, to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. Ionescu took home two Wooden Awards given to the nation’s top college player and quickly vaulted as the nation’s premier college basketball player. 

She returned to Eugene for her senior year in hopes of pursuing a national championship. The Ducks were a projected No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament before it was canceled due to COVID-19.

Ionescu never completed her “unfinished business” at Oregon, but soon she’ll be fulfilling another dream come true as she steps on the court at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, as a member of the Liberty. 

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Justin Herbert sports new Chargers gear in return to Oregon 

Justin Herbert sports new Chargers gear in return to Oregon 

Chargers clothes have always looked good on Justin Herbert. Ever since he was nine years old, he’s donned his favorite team’s gear proudly

But now that Herbert’s officially a quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers, the feeling is becoming more surreal for the sixth-overall pick and all the fans who have watched him thrive during his football career. 

With NFL training camps not starting until late July, Herbert returned to his old stomping grounds of Sheldon High School to get in a workout. In a photo he shared on Instagram, he is rocking a new Chargers helmet…and it looks sick.

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The helmet is part of the sleek uniforms the L.A. Chargers unveiled ahead of the upcoming 2020 season at the new SoFi Stadium.

Herbert hasn’t had much time to build relationships with his new teammates since becoming a member of the Chargers two months ago. OTAs and rookie minicamps went virtual this year due to COVID-19 and the NFLPA has encouraged players to halt private in-person workouts for the time being. The first time he will officially join his Chargers teams on the field is in late July, when training camp ensues. 

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Herbert certainly has his work cut out for him if he wants to beat Tyrod Taylor for the starting gig, but at least we know the rook will rock the bolt while doing it. 

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Former five-star recruit CJ Walker to transfer out of Oregon

Former five-star recruit CJ Walker to transfer out of Oregon

The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team always has plenty of turnover between teams and this offseason is no different.

However, usually, it's the Ducks taking in highly sought after transfers but this time it's the other way around.

Oregon Ducks forward CJ Walker has announced he has entered the transfer portal with the intention to be closer to his hometown of Sanford, FL amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, per his Twitter.

"As the coronavirus has tragically continued to spread across this country forcing our Nation into lock down it has given me a lot of time to think about my future and what's in the best interest of my family and our health -  both physically and mentally," wrote Walker. 

"These past few months have been tough on everyone, and I understand this will be a long battle ahead. During this pandemic I'm also heavily dealing with ailing family members who are high risk with underlying conditions living back in my hometown of Sanford, FL.

"There is so much uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the upcoming season, and even if one will be played next year. I have decided the best decision I can make for both my mental and physical health is to return home to be close to my family and my support system." 

The 6'8", former five-star recruit averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 28 appearances, including seven starts, for the Pac-12 Champion Oregon Ducks last season. 

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With the departure of center Francis Okoro, Walker was expected to earn a lot of playing time as a small-ball center next season as a sophomore. Unfortunately for the Ducks, he's decided to pursue other opportunities with the ultimate goal of becoming an NBA player.

"[I'll] continue to train and work at becoming the best basketball player I can be, to get back to a positive and healthy mindset, and to keep working towards my ultimate goal of becoming an NBA player one day," Walker stated. "During this process I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal to be able to properly weigh all options while this pandemic continues on."

Coming out of high school, Walker was the No. 28 overall player in the country and the sixth-ranked power forward. Before choosing Oregon, he named a final-three of Oregon, LSU, and Miami.  His hometown of Sanford, FL is 251 miles north of the University of Miami. 

Florida has been experiencing another outbreak of the coronavirus in wake of re-opening, including a new one-day record for cases of 9,585 positive test results, for a total of 132,545 total cases. Hospitalizations have hit 14,136, according to the Florida Department of Health with nearly 3,400 dead. 

We at NBC Sports NW wish Walker nothing but the best. Once a Duck always a Duck. 

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Oregon four-star QB commit Ty Thompson wants the nation's best offense

Oregon four-star QB commit Ty Thompson wants the nation's best offense

The recruiting game has been changing.

No longer do only coaching staffs recruit prospects to their schools, but nowadays fellow recruits do as well, including Oregon four-star quarterback commit Ty Thompson

The 6'4", 200-pound prospect committed to Oregon back in March just one month after getting an offer from the University following the hire of new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. 

Now, Thompson has been rising up recruiting rankings to No. 80 overall via composite ranking to be one of the premier offensive recruits in the country. He also accepted an invite to the finals of the Elite 11 competition and spoke with 247Sports Blair Angulo about receiving the invitation, which gives him more pedigree with other prospects. 

“Being selected to the Elite 11 Finals has given me some confidence talking to other recruits and telling them we’re about to have the best offense in the nation,” Thompson told 247Sports. “They can really see it and understand that we’ve got a really good offensive class going and a top quarterback. It’s a big deal in recruiting for me to go in there and do well at the Elite 11."

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Who is he recruiting in particular? Bue-chip wide receiver prospects Xavier Worthy, the nation's No. 11 by 247Sports wide receiver who has been compared to to DeSean Jackson, and Dont'e Thornton, the nation's No. 6 wide receiver by composite ranking. 

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“Right now, the guys I’m recruiting the hardest are Xavier Worthy and Dont’e Thornton. They are both very good players."

Worthy was widely expected to choose Oregon on June 27th but pushed his commitment back six days before the scheduled announcement. Meanwhile, Thornton's also considered to be leaning towards Oregon but he won't commit until the Under Armour All-American Game on January 9th, 2021.

Those wideouts aren't the only prospects Thompson's been recruiting, however. He also wants to sure up his offensive line which had already secured commitments from four-stars Jonah Miller, Jackson Light, and Bram Walden.  

"At linemen, we are also going after Kingsley Suamataia and Bryce Foster. These are the guys I’ve been pushing to get into this class.”

The 6'4.5", 315-pound Bryce Foster appears to be leaning towards Oklahoma or Texas A&M, but never say it's over until it's over as the Ducks are inside his top-five, along with the two leading schools, Texas and LSU. 

Meanwhile, the 6'5", 280-pound Suamataia is also the cousin of Oregon five-star 2019 signee Noah Sewell, but the nation's No. 10 offensive tackle and nation's No. 59 overall prospect reaffirmed that he won't choose Oregon just because of Noah. 

“Noah and I are close and I know he will be great anywhere, but (my recruitment) will be about where I can get the best opportunities to grow and be the best me,” Suamataia told The Oregonian ahead of an Oregon visit last year.

Perhaps Thompson can help seal the deal for the Ducks and it wouldn't be the first time he's helped secure a commitment. 

He helped secure a verbal commitment from the nation's No. 11 tight end Terrance Ferguson: "We just got another tight end in Terrance Ferguson and I had been on him," said Thompson.

Ferguson tweeted support of his quarterback Monday evening after Thompson killed it at the first day of the Elite 11 finals.

How well did Thompson do? Good enough for one recruiting analyst to name him the best quarterback after the first of three days of the competition.

[RELATED]: Four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson ranked No. 1 QB at Elite 11 Camp

Already, the Ducks have one of the best offensive recruiting classes in the nation with Thompson, five-star wide receiver Troy Franklin, four-star tight ends Ferguson and Maliki Matavao, and four-star receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson.

“I’m super excited,” Thompson said. “We have the best offensive weapons in the nation and we’re just getting started.”

Thompson's not alone with his assessment. 247Sports recruiting expert Steve Wiltfong said following Ferguson's commitment that Oregon's "tracking to arguably be the best offensive haul in the country."

The quarterback prospect from Arizona won't stop until that's a reality. 

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Four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson ranked No. 1 QB at Elite 11 Camp

Four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson ranked No. 1 QB at Elite 11 Camp

If there's one thing the Oregon Football staff has an eye for, it's talent.

Oregon has been recruiting at unprecedented levels under head coach Mario Cristobal and while part of that is securing commitments with more blue-chip rated recruits, the staff has also been able to identify talent early before they blow up. 

That's what happened with 2021 four-star quarterback commit Ty Thompson who verbally committed to Oregon back in March. 

[RELATED]: Oregon Ducks receive verbal commitment from 4-star quarterback Ty Thompson

At the time of his commitment, 247Sports rated him as the No. 142 overall player and No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the nation. With the updated recruiting rankings, he has risen to No. 138 overall by 247Sports but is rated as the No. 80 overall player by composite score. 

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Now, he's continuing to impress, most recently at the Elite 11 camp: the nation's premier quarterback competition for college prospects. Getting an invite itself is an accomplishment but after the first day of camp Rivals Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack ranked Thompson as the best quarterback after the first day of the Elite 11 finals.

Thompson was sharp from start to finish and I didn't see him miss a throw. He also looked good on the hoof and appears to have bulked up a little bit since the last time I saw him back in February. -  Woody Wommack

Additionally, Sports Illustrated ranks him as the second-best performer of the camp, thus far, only behind five-star QB Caleb Williams.

After catching onlookers' attention based on an ideal frame, the Oregon commitment played the part with a big arm all evening long. Second and third level accuracy was sustained as the night wore on. - SI All-American

That wasn't the end of the praise coming from the staff at Sports Illustrated.

Oregon Commit Ty Thompson (Ariz.) was one of the most surprising prospecting in the eyes of the SI All-American team today. He was poised in the pocket, fluid in his release, and delivered the ball efficiently and effectively to all three levels of the field in each setting of the camp. 

Then, Elite 11 head coach and Super Bowl Champion Trent Dilfer had high praise for the Arizona native, per 247Sports.

I thought Ty Thompson was really impressive. Very consistent. Like a kid, no matter what you ask him to do he did it well. What I like about Ty, he has a lot of different throws, I call it a throw catalog. He can throw it hard, soft, throw it early, throw it late, speed it up, he did a lot of really nice things. - Trent Dilfer

The Oregon commit spoke with 247Sports after being named to the finals of the Elite 11 competition, calling it "a dream come true." 

“It was really just excitement and a dream come true to be selected,” Thompson said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was little when I first picked up a football, so to get to compete at the Elite 11 Finals makes me super proud.

“I felt like I did very well in the Regional and I feel like it gives me a little momentum heading into the Finals, especially with the relationships I’ve been building with the coaches. That gives me a confidence boost, for sure. … Going into something like this and competing against the best quarterbacks in the nation, I really feel like I’m confident. The goal obviously is to come in and win, be the MVP for sure. But, if not, at least be in the top 11. That’s been my goal for this camp.”

Can he win MVP? Maybe. Thompson still has time to make more of an impression as the camp will continue through July 1, which then the top-11 performers of the invitation, and the MVP of the event, will be named. 

UPDATE: The Elite 11 coaching staff has rated him at No. 4 after one day. 

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Oregon WBB guard Morgan Yaeger medically retires from basketball

Oregon WBB guard Morgan Yaeger medically retires from basketball

Oregon women's basketball guard Morgan Yaeger has announced her medical retirement and therefore will not return to Eugene for her fifth year of eligibility in 2020-21 per her Instagram. 

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"It has been an extremely hard decision," Yaeger wrote, "but since I am graduating this year, I have decided to return home to Australia to focus on getting physically and mentally healthy in hopes of pursuing any opportunities that may emerge there."

Yaeger, who dealt with a back injury while at Oregon, graduated this past academic year with an art degree and plans to pursue a career in graphic design or in coaching basketball. But for now, the Adelaide, Australia native will head back to the land down under.

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But, she'll never forget the years she spent in Eugene and especially what she was a part of, as one of the recruits in the program-defining 2016 class that included Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. 

"It humbles me to say that I have been a part of one of the most impactful women's basketball teams in history."

In three active seasons as a Duck, Yeager appeared in 76 total games scoring 128 total points with 16 three-pointers and 43 assists. After sitting out the 2017-18 season due to injury, she came up big down the stretch of the 2018-19 season when then-freshman guard Taylor Chavez fractured her left foot causing Yaeger to become the first guard off the bench. 

Chavez would not return to the floor that season, but the Ducks would overcome her injury, in part thanks to Yaeger, to make the program's first-ever Final Four. 

"We are extremely thankful to Morgan for everything she has given to our program over the last four years," said head coach Kelly Graves in a release. "It's been tough watching her deal with this injury for so long, but she has been an incredible teammate and a huge part of our success. She leaves here as a three-time Pac-12 champion and a lifelong Duck, and I can't wait to see what's next for her moving forward."

Yaeger won three straight Pac-12 regular-season championships with the Ducks and a pair of Pac-12 Tournament titles while at Oregon. 

"The incredible opportunities and memories I have been gifted are beyond precious to me," wrote Yaeger. "Thank you for the unforgettable ride. Go Ducks!" 

Yaeger helped build the program to where it stands today, and while she'll be missed on the floor, the Ducks are ready to reload with five incoming five-star recruits who are all Eugene-bound.

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Oregon natives Tyson Coleman, Thomas Tyner disagree with Civil War name change

Oregon natives Tyson Coleman, Thomas Tyner disagree with Civil War name change

Last week, Oregon and Oregon State issued a joint statement announcing that neither school will continue to refer to the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry game as the Civil War, due to associations with the American Civil War.  

“While not intended as a reference to the actual Civil War, OSU sports competition should not provide any misconstrued reference to this divisive episode in American history. That we did not act before to change the name was a mistake,” Oregon State president Ed Ray said in the release.

"Today’s announcement is not only right but is a long time coming, and I wish to thank former Duck great Dennis Dixon for raising the question and being the catalyst for change.," said Oregon Director of Athletics Rob Mullens. "Thanks also to our current student-athletes for their leadership and input during this process. We must all recognize the power of words and the symbolism associated with the Civil War. This mutual decision is in the best interests of both schools, and I would like to thank Scott Barnes for his diligence as we worked through this process. We look forward to our continued and fierce in-state rivalry with Oregon State in all sports."

[RELATED]: Oregon-Oregon State no longer using "Civil War" name for its sports rivalry games

The reaction has been mixed. Some people are in support of the change like Oregon legend Dennis Dixon and Oregon State stars Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson. Additionally, some current student-athletes at both schools are in agreement with the schools' decision.

Former Oregon safety Garren Strong, who Dixon called when asking around if he should talk to Mullens about the game, is also in favor of the change. 

“You look at that name, ‘Civil War,’ and you obviously understand it if you live in one state and you’re an Oregon or Oregon State fan," he told The Atheltic. "But if you truly take a step back and see where that name comes from, and where it actually originates from, I think there would be a lot more questions about the name.”

However, many disagree with the name change, with some going as far as to claim it's needless virtue signaling rather than making actions that would envoke real change. 

Two former Oregon Ducks players that grew up in Oregon, Tyson Coleman and Thomas Tyner, told Tyson Alger of The Athletic that they disagree with the change:

“Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. It is the Civil War,” former Lake Oswego linebacker Tyson Coleman texted Alger. “Quote me.”

“Well, I’m right there with Tyson,” texted Thomas Tyner, an Aloha High School legend who played at both Oregon and Oregon State in college. “I think it’s nothing but stupid.”

Meanwhile, Oregon State wide receiver and former Oregon City three-star Trevon Bradford tweeted that as an Oregonian he never had an issue with the name but he also understands the name change.

The game hasn't always been referred to as the Civil War, though. The term “Civil War” first appeared in newspapers way back in 1929 -- when an Oregon coach equated the game’s importance in the state to the Civil War -- and it caught on. In just a few years it came into general usage. 

Before then it was referred to as the Oregon Classic, and perhaps the schools will bring that name back. But only time will tell. 

The schools plan to rename the rivalry with no timetable for a decision announced.

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Former Duck Galen Rupp calls representing Oregon 'a tremendous honor'

Former Duck Galen Rupp calls representing Oregon 'a tremendous honor'

Galen Rupp's an Oregon boy through and through, and he's proud.

"I'm a proud Oregon boy," said Rupp. "I grew up here in Portland, went to the University of Oregon and Central Catholic High School. I've lived here all my life so it's a tremendous honor to represent this state and especially a state that has such a rich tradition in distance running."

The Portland native attended Central Catholic High School, where he led his team to back-to-back cross-country titles in 2002 and 2003. He also racked up three individual championships: the 300 meter in 2003 and 2004, as well as the 1500m in 2004. Rupp broke state records for the 1500 meter with a time of 3:45.30 and the mile 4:01.8. He received “High School Athlete of the Year” honors in 2004 by Track and Field news. 

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Following his high school career, Rupp remained in state, attending the University of Oregon. He earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. He won the 10,000m in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field championships with a time of 27:52.53, and was eventually awarded The Bowerman award in 2009, which is collegiate track & field’s highest honor. 

While attending college in Eugene, he continued a long legacy of elite track and field production from the state. 

"Steve Prefontaine. Bill Bowerman. Nike. They were all started here in Oregon and proud Oregonians," said Rupp. "It's really just an honor for me to continue that legacy and hope to inspire future Oregonians that they can be Olympians themselves one day." 

Rupp became the first back-to-back marathon trials winner since two-time Olympic medalist Frank Shorter in 1972-1976 when he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the third-fastest winning trials time in history. 

He was slated to run in the Olympic Games this summer but the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo got suspended until summer 2021.

Watch out for the kid from Portland running on the big stage next summer. 

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NBA Champion Jordan Bell signs new deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA Champion Jordan Bell signs new deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Former Oregon Duck Jordan Bell has had quite the rollercoaster career in the NBA thus far.

He is an NBA Champion (Golden State Warriors, 2018) and has already experienced an NBA Finals (twice). From the biggest stage to more recently, simply being a trade pawn for several teams, Bell has finally landed a new home. This time, for at least a few years.

On Monday, it was reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic that free agent Bell has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

NBA JOURNEY

The 6-foot-8 forward/center was drafted in the second round (No. 38 overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2017 NBA Draft. His career with the Bulls franchise was over before it even began. That same night, Bell was traded to the Golden State Warriors for $3.5 million in cash considerations. 

His first year in the league ended in a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2018. The next season, a banged up Warriors squad still made the NBA finals, but eventually lost to the Toronto Raptors. Bell played in 68 games that season with three starts and was sixth on the team in blocks per game (0.8).

Following the 2019 season, Bell signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Just before the NBA All-Star break in 2020, Bell was a part of a four-team trade sending him to the Houston Rockets. Less than 24 hours later, his career with the Rockets ended and he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he would join former Oregon teammate Dillon Brooks. The dynamic duo was back together once again, but only for a short time.

Bell was waived by the Grizzlies on March 2, 2020.

Three months of not calling an NBA team his home is finally over. 

The LeBron James era in Cleveland had concluded in 2018 and the rebuild began. Bell will now join Kevin Love, Andre Drummond, Larry Nance Jr., Collin Sexton, Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova amongst others in Cleveland.

The Cavaliers (19-46) finished last in the Eastern Conference standings this season and at the time of the NBA suspension and did not qualify for the NBA’s 22-team format to resume play in Orlando, Florida at the end of July.

Bell had the opportunity to learn from one of the best defenders in the league, Andre Iguodala as well as Draymond Green in Golden State. In Cleveland, another opportunity awaits with Drummond who leads the NBA in rebounds per game (15.2) and averages 1.6 blocks per game. For a team that needed to get better on the defensive end (ranked 23rd in team defense last season), Cleveland signing Drummond and now Bell just got better on that end of the court. 

OREGON CAREER

Bell was a complete menace defensively at Oregon. The duo of Bell and Chris Boucher (now with the Toronto Raptors) hosted a block party each game and invited everyone on the opposing team. He posted career highs of 10.9 points and 8.8 rebounds to go with 2.3 blocks (second in the Pac-12 conference) as a junior in 2016-17, earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. 

In case you forgot, #ThingsJordanBellCanBlock once trended on Twitter.

The Ducks made a Final Four appearance in 2016 before losing to the eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.

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