Warriors draft potential steal

24 June 2017 05:11:58 EST

With all the focus on the top of the first round and numerous trades, it was the Golden State Warriors who might have made the savviest move.

Without either a first or second round pick on draft night, the defending NBA champions apparently paid $3.5 million in cash to the Bulls to acquire the 38th pick overall with which the Warriors selected Jordan Bell out of Oregon.

Projected to go late in the first round the former Duck is a powerful rebounder and an elite defender at the power forward position and should be an excellent option coming off the bench.

There are echoes of Draymond Green in the pick with Golden State snagging the Michigan State star with the 35th overall pick back in 2012.

While no one expected Green to blossom into the All-Star talent that he has become, there was enough in his game to question why Green had fallen into the second round.

Such is the case with Bell and if the Warriors get half the production of Green, they will be well pleased with their work in jumping into the draft.

The Bulls, it's fair to say, had one of the stranger days in recent memory essentially giving away Jimmy Butler for a couple of Minnesota question marks and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen.

The Finn may well turn out to be very good, but that move plus selling the pick that became Bell may well come back to haunt the franchise for the next decade.

The Warriors are 10/17 to win the NBA title again next year with the Boston Celtics 11/1 and the Cleveland Cavaliers priced at 13/4.

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