Warriors Will Waive Raja Bell

Via Oakland Tribune

“…Warriors forward Reggie Williams had 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Most of it was in garbage time, as the game was over by half time, and most of his minutes came in the second half.

But Williams, even in meaningless minutes, continued to impress. Over his first nine games, he  averaged 12.3 points per game on 55.4 percent shooting. In his 18 days so far, he’s shown he can score, he can pass, he can shoot it from deep, and he can rebound a little. He’s certainly done enough to make the Warriors want him to stick around the rest of the season…But the Warriors find themselves in the same situation they were when they wanted to keep Anthony Tolliver. They have 15 players under contract. The league won’t allow a 16th (they only allowed the injury exception to sign a player to a 10-day). That means if Williams stays, somebody has to go…

Certainly, Golden State could waive George, petition the league for another exemption, and sign another guy to a 10-day contract. That would buy them 20 more days, albeit with a guy who would need to get acclimated. Or, the Warriors could keep George and cut Raja Bell.

Bell might not even return this season. If he does, Nellie said, it would be the last few games. Only problem with cutting Bell is that the Warriors want him. General manager Larry Riley has said he wouldn’t mind signing Bell for next season. If the Warriors cut him and another team picks him up, which is possible, the chances of the Warriors signing him back decrease. The Warriors wasn’t able to turn Raja Bell’s expiring contract into trade bait. So if he walks this offseason, the Warriors will have gotten nothing for swingman Stephen Jackson other than Vladimir Radmanovic, who has  a player option for next season…”

It sounds as if Bell will be available for the last few games. We know how much Mike D’Antoni likes Bell, who  was an All-NBA defender with the Suns. Bell, who had surgery to repair ligament damage in his wrist, will turn 34 in September. If he does get waived, it would depend on how close he was to returning, but I’d give Bell a look. IF he were only going to play 4 or 5 games, then it would seem to be a waste. Still, Bell could be an option over the summer.