Jordan Bell To Sign Exhibit 10 Deal With Pacers

Free agent big man Jordan Bell is signing an Exhibit 10 deal with the Pacers, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto (Twitter link).

Bell, 28, won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2017/18 and has 161 games of NBA experience across five seasons with Golden State, Minnesota, Memphis, Washington and Chicago. The former Oregon big man holds career averages of 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per night.

The 6’8″ forward/center began his career in Golden State after being drafted with the No. 38 overall pick in the 2017 draft and spent the subsequent two seasons with the Warriors. Bell bounced around the league over the next few years, with his last NBA appearance coming with the Bulls in ’21/22 on a 10-day contract. He then played with the Guangzhou Loong Lions in China last season, appearing in 44 games, averaging 10.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks.

Scotto adds that Bell “will be a veteran leader” for the Indiana Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G League affiliate. Bell has 39 games of G League experience in the regular season and Showcase Cup, and he averaged 13.5 points with the Mad Ants last season.

If Scotto’s phrasing wasn’t enough indication that Bell is almost certainly headed to the G League, the Pacers also have what looks to be a set regular season roster. Barring a potential Buddy Hield trade, the Pacers have 15 players on standard, guaranteed contracts, as well as three players on two-way contracts. Indiana is also reportedly bringing Darius McGhee to training camp.

Bell’s Exhibit 10 deal will make him eligible for a bonus worth up to $75K if he’s waived by the Pacers and spends at least 60 days with the Mad Ants.

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