Jordan Bell

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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Former Trail Blazer Anthony Tolliver joins Grizzlies, Oregon standout Jordan Bell waived

Former Trail Blazer Anthony Tolliver joins Grizzlies, Oregon standout Jordan Bell waived

Anthony Tolliver can now add Memphis to his tour of duty. 

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the 34-year-old forward is headed to Grind City on a 10-day contract to join the Memphis Grizzlies. 

Charania says multiple teams looked to acquire the NBA veteran’s services before he agreed to head to Memphis. 

Tolliver signed a one-year deal with the Trail Blazers last July. He played in 33 games with 9 starts while averaging 3.9 points and 3.3 boards per game. The Sacramento Kings acquired Tolliver, as well as Kent Bazemore, via a trade on January 20 which sent Trevor Ariza, Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel back to Portland. 

The Kings and Tolliver agreed to a contract buyout over the weekend, giving him time to find a new home in time for the NBA playoffs. Memphis is currently eighth seed in the Western Conference and if Tolliver can make an impact in the next few games, he could aid a playoff contender. 

As a result of Tolliver’s signing Monday, the Grizzlies waived forward Jordan Bell. Charania first reported the news Monday. 

The former Oregon Ducks star was part of a four-team,12-player deal earlier this month, which sent him from Minnesota to Houston. One day later, Memphis acquired Bell in a swap that sent forward Bruno Caboclo and a 2023 second-round pick back to the Rockets. He was reunited with former Oregon teammate Dillon Brooks, but that was short-lived. 

Prior to his multiple trades, the 25-year-old was averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 27 games as a reserve for Minnesota. His last game in a Grizzlies uniform was on Feb. 26, where he scored five points in six minutes as Houston dominated Memphis 140-112. 

Former Duck Jordan Bell headed to Houston in four-team trade

Former Duck Jordan Bell headed to Houston in four-team trade

James Harden. Russell Westbrook. 

Now another legend is headed to Houston: Jordan Bell.

Bell, the former Oregon Ducks star, is part of a four-team trade which sent Robert Covington to Houston, Clint Capela and Nene Hilario to Atlanta, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Evan Turner, Jarred Vanderbilt and a Hawks first-round pick to Minnesota, and Gerald Green, Keith Bates-Diop, Noah Vonleh, Shabazz Napier and a Houston first-round pick to Denver.

This will be the third NBA team Bell has played for since being selected 38th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. Bell played 57 games, starting 13 in his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors, becoming an NBA champion in his first year. His time on the court decreased the following season when Bell was suspended for “conduct detrimental to the team.” He signed with the Timberwolves the following offseason.

Bell saw some action in Minnesota while Wolves’ star Karl-Anthony Towns was injured, but with the big man back in the lineup, Bell’s minutes dropped immensely. In 27 games, Bell averaged 3.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.5 assists.

In Houston, he will be one of the tallest players on the team after the Rockets traded Clint Capela. At 6'8", Bell's role could increase, in part, because he's a bigger body.

At Oregon, Bell helped lead Oregon to the Final Four in his redshirt junior year. He was named second-team All-Pac-12 and earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The Timberwolves are currently 14th in the West, so perhaps he was Saved by the Bell (zing!) when traded to the Rockets, a team vying for fifth in the conference. It’s too early to see how exactly Bell will fit into the Rockets’ rotation, but hopefully the former Duck will find more success with this time around. 

Minnesota's Jordan Bell wears his favorite player's jersey in Portland

Minnesota's Jordan Bell wears his favorite player's jersey in Portland

Former Oregon Ducks basketball stud Jordan Bell was seen wearing his favorite player's jersey on Saturday night with the Minnesota Timberwolves in town to play the Portland Trail Blazers.

What is seen as perhaps a homecoming of sorts for the Oregon basketball star, Bell sported a very familiar but very rare jersey: current Oregon women's basketball G.O.A.T Sabrina Ionescu.

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As quickly as Sabrina's jersey was here, it was gone. Bell was lucky to have snagged one!

Bell played for the Oregon Ducks from 2014-16 which included a Final Four run in his final season with Oregon (junior year). He was drafted in the second round (No. 38 overall) by the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Bell is currently averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Minnesota Timberwolves this season.

REPORT: Jordan Bell agrees to contract with Minnesota

REPORT: Jordan Bell agrees to contract with Minnesota

The Minnesota Timberwolves and restricted free agent Jordan Bell have agreed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports. The Warriors will have the opportunity to match the offer.

Bell was drafted in the second round (No. 38 overall) in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls (and immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors). 

In his first two seasons, Bell has earned 2,193,857 million dollars with the Warriors. 

The former Oregon Duck men’s basketball star is known for his rim protection skills earning the hashtag #ThingsJordanBellCanBlock during Oregon's run to the Final Four in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

In his second season with the Warriors, Bell averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 68 games. Bell’s role on Golden State typically stays with the second unit. 

REPORT: Warriors’ Jordan Bell to become restricted free agent

REPORT: Warriors’ Jordan Bell to become restricted free agent

The Bell just may stay in the Bay.

Reported by Shams Charania, the Golden State Warriors looks like they want to keep Jordan Bell in blue and yellow. 

As a restricted free agent, the Warriors may now match a qualifying offer for Bell should other teams be interested in acquiring the two-year player.

The former Oregon Duck men’s basketball star, who coined the hashtag #ThingsJordanBellCanBlock for his outstanding rim protection skills, is known for his defensive efforts and athletic abilities. 

Bell was drafted in round two (No. 38 overall) in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls (and immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors). 

In his second season with the Warriors, Bell averaged 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 68 games. Bell’s role on Golden State typically stays with the second unit. One moment in particular stands out in Bell’s career with Golden State and the impact he is making: during the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers, Bell missed a wide open dunk. Instead of sulking, Draymond Green didn’t allow him too.

After the game, Green said in the postgame press conference, “I told him ‘Klay [Thompson] has missed shots, I’ve missed them and Steph [Curry] as well’… It just came upon me to stick with him, give him some confidence, and sure enough, he had a dunk the next play and a block. I think that was an important moment.”

The players and the organization are putting their stocks in Bell.

Former Oregon star Jordan Bell suspended one game by Warriors

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Former Oregon star Jordan Bell suspended one game by Warriors

Golden State’s Jordan Bell will take in Wednesday’s game against the Grizzlies from the sideline.

The former Oregon standout has been suspended for one game due to conduct detrimental to the team, according to WarriorsPR.

According to Anthony Slater and Sam Amick of The Athletic, Bell made a purchase at the Warriors team hotel that was charged to assistant coach Mike Brown. Slater and Amick say the team is concerned that this wasn't the first time a maneuver like this has taken place.

At this time, the Warriors have not offered any details on what prompted the one-game suspension or confirmed any details of Amick's report. 

News of Bell’s suspension came as a surprise to many, as the 24-year-old forward was a full participant in practice on Tuesday night at the FedEx Forum. The team did not hold a shootaround on Wednesday. 

This, however, isn't the first time Bell has had an incident with the Warriors organization. On Jan. 21, Bell got into a heated argument with head coach Steve Kerr that was later cleared up. 

Bell averaged 10.9 points per game, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a Duck. He helped lead Oregon to the Final Four in his redshirt junior year and declared for the NBA Draft in 2017, where he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and then traded to the Warriors.

The second-year forward has had an inconsistent career with Golden State thus far. Bell is averaging just 3.0 points on 52.6 percent shooting and 2.7 rebounds in 11.4 minutes in his sophomore year. He has seen a decline in production from his inaugural season, where he averaged 4.6 points on 62.7 percent shooting with 3.6 rebounds in 14.2 minutes of play. 

His spot on the Warriors depth chart also remains in limbo, as the addition of Andrew Bogut could place Bell behind DeMarcus Cousins, Kevon Looney and Bogut at the forward position.

Bell is expected to return to court on Friday when the Warriors take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota. 

Trail Blazers made right move taking Swanigan over Bell

Trail Blazers made right move taking Swanigan over Bell

LAS VEGAS -- The Trail Blazers have moved into the second round of the summer league's tournament and will face top-seeded Toronto tonight at 7 o'clock in what I like to call "The Tourney Nobody Really Cares About Winning."

Unless you win it, of course. Then you can tell your fans that it's a sign their franchise is on the right track.

And that could possibly be true, of course. But winning the title could also just mean that you got a team together quickly and went to either Orlando or Salt Lake City summer leagues before coming here and so your team has spent a lot of time playing together. Or maybe you have four or five players from your regular-season team here. Or perhaps you just had good luck picking up some experienced free agents to play for your summer team. Or even more rare, that you actually care about winning the tournament -- which isn't common.

As you can see, I'm not big on this tournament, which seems to me more of a money grab than anything else. Most teams have already had enough games to get what they want out of this little carnival of turnovers and would prefer to not risk further injury to key players.

But it is a chance to see some of the new players heading into the NBA this season. I haven't had enough opportunity to see them all for a long enough period to make any major judgments but I have a couple of thoughts I'll share:

The first thing I want to talk about is Jordan Bell, because a lot of Ducks fans are already going off the deep end about how Portland should have drafted him instead of Caleb Swanigan. Um, no. I don't think so.

Bell is probably going to be a very nice off-the-bench contributor for the Golden State Warriors. He'll rebound, block a shot or two, hustle all over the floor and he's going to profit from playing in a great system alongside some terrific players who will probably make him look a little better than he is. But after watching both Bell and Swanigan here, it's hard for me to say Bell should have been picked ahead of Swanigan.

Swanigan is the more skilled player. More well-rounded. He can do most of the things Bell can do and also make shots from distance. And he's more than two years younger than Bell -- which means he probably has more room for improvement and a couple of more seasons in his career. He's also bigger than Bell and the one question left with Bell is how he's going to operate against bigger, more experienced players once he reaches the NBA.

Nothing against Bell. I like him. I think he was a very good choice for the Warriors, who will make good use of him. But in terms of eventually being a starting player and major contributor I think most people here would take Swanigan.

More Thoughts From Summer League

I'm anxious to see more of Lonzo Ball. He's such an interesting player and, I think, difficult to assess at this point. Yes, he can pass -- but he's not the clever, tricky sort of passer I expected. He is not flashy to any great degree. And that's not a knock on him. He makes the right reads and delivers the ball appropriately.

But he also seems just a little slower than I expected. It will be interesting to see what tempo the Lakers will play with him at the helm. And yes, his shooting form is terrible. His old man, LaVar, seems to act as if he's created the perfect player in Lonzo but I can't believe that's the best he could do with the the kid's shooting mechanics. It is more of a set shot than a jumper and takes a little while for him to load.

That said, he seems to have the "it" factor they love in LA. He's got a star quality about him. And it's going to be fun to see if he can make good on all the expectations the Lakers have for him.

And maybe he will even add a summer-league championship ring to his resume. As if there is such a thing.

Bringing some 'dog' to the Blazers: Jordan Bell says he would be a good fit in Portland

Bringing some 'dog' to the Blazers: Jordan Bell says he would be a good fit in Portland

Playing last season in Eugene, Jordan Bell was able to catch just enough Trail Blazers games to know that he would be a good fit for Portland should they select him in Thursday’s NBA draft.

“I think I fit very well,’’ the Ducks’ forward said. “Obviously, the (Blazers’) bigs weren’t as tough this year, in my opinion, so I think I could bring that dog to this team. Be the tough guy on defense ... ancoring the defense.’’

Bell, who on Monday worked out for the Blazers, said he thinks he will be drafted anywhere from 18th to 31st. He said he knows that Indiana and Atlanta have shown interest, and if he could choose a dream scenario, he would be picked by one of the Los Angeles teams (his hometown) or the Blazers.

The Blazers own the 15th, 20th and 26th picks.

“That would be the best,’’ Bell said of the prospects of Portland selecting him. “I like the rain, the weather and the people around here are some of the nicest I’ve met. ‘’

Bell said Thursday was his 12th and final workout with NBA teams, and he rated his Blazers’ workout among his best. He competed against North Carolina wing Justin Jackson, Cal forward Ivan Rabb, Kansas State forward Wesley Iwundu and international 7-footer Isaiah Hartenstein.

“I didn’t shoot it as well as I wanted to, but playing, it’s probably one of my best performances,’’ Bell said. “Just the way I played – matchups, the way I defended on the ball, switching, off the ball, the energy I played with … I just played within  myself.’’

Bell’s stock seems to be on the rise as Thursday’s draft nears, as he has gone from a mid-second round projection to as high as a late-first rounder in some mocks.

He boasts that his resume is unique in that it is straight-forward and no frills: He is a versatile defender, comfortable guarding anyone from a point guard to a center, and he will arrive to a team willing to do whatever it takes to win.

“I get more of a thrill blocking a shot than making a shot,’’ Bell said.

He said his approach and his style of play is molded largely by Golden State star Draymond Green.

“All my life people have said they don’t know what position I am, they don’t know what I do well ,’’ Bell said. “Same thing with (Draymond Green): you don’t know what position he is … 6-7, can guard 1 through 5 , a real defensive force, offensively whatever the team needs to win, finding shooters, understanding his role, knowing his personnel around him.’’

Bell, who is listed at 6-foot-9 and 224 pounds, said he has been working on the NBA corner three, but said he doesn’t expect to play outside of his talents after averaging 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks as a junior for the Ducks, when he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

“I think a lot of people coming out of college were top scorer – averaging 20 and then they have to adapt to a role,’’ Bell said. “Me, exactly what I did in college is exactly what teams are going to ask me to do. They are not going to ask me to stop shooting the ball, because I already don’t shoot the ball. They are just going to ask me to keep defending, blocking shots and playing within myself.’’

Blazers workouts: Jordan Bell among up to 50 prospects scheduled for draft workouts

Blazers workouts: Jordan Bell among up to 50 prospects scheduled for draft workouts

Former Oregon Ducks stars Jordan Bell and Dillon Brooks will be among the players scheduled to work out for the Trail Blazers this month before the June 22 NBA Draft.

Workouts will start June 7th  and conclude on June 19.

The Blazers have been attending Agent Pro Days in various cities, but have yet to hold individual workouts.

Brooks will workout for the Blazers on June 10 and Bell on June 19. The Blazers are also scheduled to workout former Oregon guard Tyler Dorsey.

CSNNW has also confirmed other workout participants: North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson, Creighton center Justin Patton, Wake Forest forward John Collins, California forward Ivan Rabb, South Carolina guard Sindarious Thornwell and guard Terrance Ferguson, who last season eschewed a commitment to play at Arizona to play professionally in Australia.

Among the more intriguing of the confirmed prospects are Patton, an athletic and efficient 7-foot center who left Creighton after his redshirt freshman season, and Collins, a 6-foot-10, 225 pounder who left Wake Forest after his sophomore season, when he averaged 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. The Blazers are also expected to attend Patton's Pro Day workout on Friday. 

Also, Ferguson, 19, is a 6-foot-7 shooting guard who averaged 4.6 points for Adelaide in Australia, where he elected to play after making commitments out of high school to play for Alabama, and then Arizona. He is regarded as one of the draft’s better shooters and he is also considered a team-oriented player who is adept at passing.

Anywhere from 35 to 50 players are expected to workout for the Blazers, who own three first round picks: 15, 20 and 26.

A source said all of the team’s targets have committed to a workout in Tualatin. The workouts will be June 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 19th.