OAKLAND Dont expect Warriors guard Charlie Bell at training camp anytime soon.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Bell has been informed to stay in
Michigan and not to return to the Bay Area for practice. It is unclear whether the Warriors delivered that message to Bells agent, Mark Bartelstein, or to Bell himself.
Bell spent time in jail on Thursday after he showed up to court legally intoxicated for an appearance related to a DUI arrest.
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Bell has also been told that the possibility exists that the team may use the amnesty provision on him, meaning he would be waived and his 4.1 salary would come off the books.
If the Warriors do that, it would almost certainly be to make a run at Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent. According to reports, Jordan has five-year, 40 million offer in front of him from L.A.
The Warriors would likely have to offer Jordan more than that -- and then hope the Clippers dont match the offer. L.A. has three days to either match the offer or not match the offer.
Once the NBA season starts, every player is out for the same thing -- a chance to raise the Larry O'Brien Trophy at the end of the year.
During the 2017-18 season, Warriors fans can watch a game at Oracle Arena with the prize possession right by their side. All you need is $2,000.
If you can write the check, the trophy will pay you a visit in a premium suite, plus two bottle of champagne and a gift bag that includes a six-inch replica trophy and a replica championship ring.
Fans are limited to four experiences with the trophy per game.
Darren Rovell of ESPN was first to share the details.
Kevin Durant. LeBron James. Chris Paul. Paul George. LaMarcus Aldridge. Kyrie Irving. Gordon Hayward.
Those just some of the superstars to change teams in the last few years in pursuit of a championship.
But don't expect Damian Lillard to add his name to that list.
While speaking on the latest episode of Complex's Everyday Struggle, the Blazers point guard was asked about the possibility of joining up with other stars to try to win a title.
"I mean, like I said about [former Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge], I wouldn't have done it. For me, I'm not joining nobody," Lillard said.
When it was brought up that he'd join LeBron if given the chance, Lillard responded by saying this: "I'm not joining nobody. I would not win a championship before I go and team up and do all that. Unless it was something I couldn't control."
A hypothetical scenario was posed to Lillard: Let's say you're 34 years old (Lillard is currently 27 years old) and you had the chance to join two of your superstar friends on another team. You still wouldn't do it?
"I’m saying this because this is how I feel, not how I feel at the moment. That’s just how I feel about it. I think if that’s what somebody wants to do, I’m not mad at them for doing it. I’m just telling you what I’m not going to do. That ain’t how we get down," Lillard responded.
To wrap up the topic, Lillard was asked if he holds it against any player that does decide to team up with other superstars.
"Nah, if it make them feel good, if they comfortable doing it, then do you," Lillard said.