The champion Golden State Warriors didn’t have a pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but that didn’t stop them from swooping in to take a player that they apparently really liked.
According to Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News, the Warriors paid $3.5 million to the for the rights to second-rounder Jordan Bell, the No. 38 overall pick in the draft to Chicago Bulls.
Warriors paid $3.5 million for the rights to No. 38 pick Jordan Bell
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) June 23, 2017
A 6-7 forward, Bell averaged 10.9 points and 8.8 rebounds in leading Oregon to the Final Four last season as a junior. He’ll likely play power forward or even small-ball center for the Warriors, who clearly liked him enough to fork over a hefty sum to get him.
With the uncertainties on the status of David West, Zaza Pachulia, and JaVale McGee as they enter free agency, Bell might get a chance to compete with James McAdoo and Kevon Looney for Golden State’s reserve frontcourt minutes.