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Wolves Sign Jordan Bell, Acquire Two Players in Trade

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Finally some things happening. Not the big moves we want, but...something.

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In the last hour, it has been reported that the Wolves are indeed at least tangentially involved in the Nets-Warriors D’Angelo Russell deal. The Warriors are sending Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham along with cash to the Wolves after they acquired them both from the Nets.

Both guys have guarantee dates of July 10th, so the Wolves can waive them without cap implications before then, or use them in another trade, or keep either or both. Napier is a veteran third point guard, which is something the Wolves actually need, and Graham is a defensive minded shooting guard, which they probably do not, though we’ll see.

Although it has not been explicitly reported as far as I know, I assume the Wolves are using a traded player exception they got in the Jimmy Butler deal in order to take these guys on without sending matching salary out. They are due a combined $3.4 million if not waived by the July 10th deadline.

Soon after that news broke, this:

Bell has been on the margins of the Warriors rotation in his two seasons since being drafted in the second round. He was seen as a steal at the time, but has not really improved appreciably. Still, this is a nice signing for very little money—Bell, a center, is athletic, can block some shots and catch lobs. He’s purely a rotation guy and has very little to offer offensively, but it’s reasonably quality depth up front for very little.

So a couple of moves around the margins starts the Wolves off-season, which is a bit of a letdown after we expected bigger things, but we’ll see what comes next.