Bell entered the G League's available player pool and was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Capital City Go-Go, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports. After a promising rookie year with the Warriors in 2017-18 in which he looked like he could become a core player for the long haul, Bell's career has fallen into a tailspin the following two seasons. Golden State chose not to retain Bell this summer, forcing him to settle for a meager one-year deal with the Timberwolves. He wasn't able to find a consistent rotation spot with Minnesota and was subsequently dealt to Houston and then Memphis prior to the trade deadline, appearing in only two games for the latter club before getting cut earlier this month. Bell will now look to impress in the G League over the remainder of the season with the hope of popping back up on the NBA radar in 2020-21.
Bell was waived by the Grizzlies on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Memphis signed Anthony Tolliver to a 10-day deal Monday, so Bell is the odd man out with the team needing to clear a roster spot. Bell appeared in only two games for the Grizzlies after coming over from Houston, by way of Minnesota, at the trade deadline.
Bell isn't listed on the Grizzlies' official injury report for Sunday's game against the Wizards and is expected to be available off the bench. Bell was dealt for the second time in less than a week Thursday, as he joined the Grizzlies after coming over in a trade from the Rockets, whom he never played for. Per Omari Sankofa II of The Athletic, Bell took part in the Grizzlies' practice Saturday, so that should be enough for him to at least suit up Sunday. He's no lock to be included in coach Taylor Jenkins' rotation, however, as the trio of Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson and Brandon Clarke will continue to absorb most of the minutes at either frontcourt spot.
Bell was traded from the Rockets to the Grizzlies on Thursday in exchange for Bruno Caboclo (knee), Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The deal also includes a second-round pick swap. Bell, who was acquired from the Timberwolves in a four-team, 12-player trade earlier in the week, was never projected to play a huge role for the Rockets, so the team opted to send him to Memphis for Caboclo, who is on a cheaper deal. It's unclear what role the 25-year-old will play for the Grizzlies. Across 27 games this season, Bell is averaging 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds in 8.7 minutes.
Bell (not injury related) will be available for Thursday's tilt with the Lakers, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports. As expected, Bell will make his Rockets debut against the Lakers. It's unclear what type of role the 24-year-old will have with his new team, though he offers some defensive versatility in the frontcourt and is a capable rim runner. Despite those positives, he was averaging just 8.7 minutes per game for Minnesota and likely will find himself slotted in behind Isaiah Hartenstein as the third-string center.
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