According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Warriors purchased the 38th pick from the Bulls for a bunch of cash — exactly the kind of aggression we've come to expect from owner Joe Lacob.
Sources: Golden State acquired Jordan Bell from the Bulls for cash. A lot of it. https://t.co/2QXpmuJIyb— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 23, 2017
Erik Horne of The Oklahoman called Bell,“arguably college basketball’s best defender last season.” In summarizing his ability, draft blogger JZ Mazlish wrote, “...he is more of a good small-ball 5 than an elite one, and small-ball 5 is already a limited role. A team with other pieces in place should aggressively pursue him for his ability to help immediately in a playoff matchup.”
In other words, this sounds like a great fit.
Earlier today, NBADraft.net reported that the Warriors were interested in Nevada forward Cameron Oliver, which made a lot of sense: Oliver is known as a rim protector who has 3-point range. But there's no reason we shouldn't be as excited about Bell.
The Warriors entered the draft without a pick but many assumed they'd make a move because they need to find a way to maximize their salary cap room to accommodate their star-studded rotation.
We can probably expect the Warriors’ newest talent to join former second round pick Patrick McCaw as well as Damian Jones and Kevon Looney in a few weeks for Las Vegas Summer League.