Warriors waive Raja Bell

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The Associated Press is reporting that the Golden State Warriors have signed forward Reggie Williams for the remainder of the season, and have waived shooting guard Raja Bell to make the necessary room on their roster. The 23-year old Williams has been another example of Don Nelson’s ability to take a player off the proverbial scrap heap and make him somewhat effective; since joining the Warriors on March 2nd, Williams is averaging 12.8 points per game with shooting percentages of 53%/48.6%/90.0%. He was key in the Warriors’ win against New Orleans, scoring 22 points on only 11 field goal attempts. Unfortunately, the Warriors have only won one other contest since Williams joined the team.

When healthy, Bell is one of the league’s best “Three-and-D” players. Bell’s perimeter defense is relentless, smart, and often physical, and he may be best known for his one-on-one wars with Kobe Bryant in the 2006 playoffs. Bell is also a very good shooter from distance, and has shot 41% from beyond the arc in his NBA career. Immediately after he was traded, Bell opted to have surgery on his injured wrist, which effectively ended his season. Since his contract expires at the end of this year, it made sense for the Warriors to waive him. Amid all the big free-agent names in 2010, Bell could be a very smart low-risk pickup for a team looking to add a shooter and shore up their perimeter defense.