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Wizards release Jordan Bell, according to report

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The reserve was on a 10-day contract.

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Jordan Bell was released by the Washington Wizards.
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The Washington Wizards released Jordan Bell, according to Fred Katz of The Athletic.

Though Bell was released, the Wizards haven’t completely severed ties with him. He was on the Capital City Go-Go roster before getting called up. He will now be with the Erie BayHawks, the Go-Go’s partner team this G-League season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In three appearances, Bell averaged 3.3 and 5.3 rebounds per game.

There has been criticism over Bell’s release since he was producing more than Anthony Gill who is averaging 1.1 points per game in eight appearances this season. Fair point, especially since Gill is on a two-year contract.

Our own Diamond Holton isn’t a fan of the Wizards’ decisions, even if these were solely involving end-of-the-bench players.

Maybe I’m too exasperated about the Wizards’ poor 3-8 pre-coronavirus outbreak to rant on this one, but I don’t think Bell’s departure is a bad thing. He shot under 40 percent from the field in his Wizards stint, very poor for a post player. In the G-League, he will get more playing time than in Washington, especially now that Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner have officially returned from coronavirus protocols, or allegedly recovered from COVID-19.

As for Gill, he is only averaging 30 percent of his shots, so ... he has to step it up, to say the least.