OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors front office knew the team needed cheap talent to fill out the roster around a group of future Hall of Famers.
General manager Bob Myers’ team worked the phones for hours in hopes of getting into the second round to select Oregon forward Jordan Bell, according to a report from Marcus Thompson.
The Chicago Bulls provided the pick in exchange for $3.5 million. And for the second year in a row, the Warriors got their guy at No. 38 despite entering the draft without a pick.
Bell, 22, played three seasons for the Ducks. He last played in the Final Four, where he performed so well Oregon had a chance to beat eventual national champion North Carolina. But, Bell blew a pair of box outs in the final 10 seconds, allowing the Tar Heels to advance.
It was a cruel twist for a player who scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in his last game as a collegian.
During his junior season in Eugene, Bell averaged 10.9 points per game, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 2.2 blocks per game. He can play center in smallball lineups and will be useful for the Warriors because he can be effective on offense without requiring touches.
Bell has a reputation as an unselfish player who rebounds and protects the rim well. He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016-17, becoming the first Oregon player to win that award. He’s also the Oregon program leader in blocks (235) and field goal percentage (61).
Bell will be in Oakland Friday for an introductory press conference.