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Jordan Bell trolled the Bulls all night

Not a great evening for cash considerations

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

You all know the Jordan Bell story by now. The rebuilding Bulls picked and traded Bell to the Warriors because they had nobody left on their draft board at pick No. 38 and wanted to build that sweet, sweet equity with ownership.

Friday night saw the Bulls play Bell’s Warriors, and right when I saw that both Kevin Durant (ankle) and Draymond Green (rest) would be sitting, I figured Bell would get a good amount of playing time. It felt almost like a troll job given Bell has been racking up DNPs lately after showing some promise at the beginning of the year.

Sure enough, Bell, Steve Kerr and the Warriors trolled the hell out of the Bulls all night. Kerr started Bell and even revealed that he told his rookie Wednesday he’d be starting:

When Bell was announced during starting lineups, he made a money gesture:

Later in the game, Bell completed an and-1, did the gesture again and literally said “3.5” while doing it:

That 3.5, of course, represents the amount in millions the Bulls got for selling Bell to the Warriors. Those cash considerations didn’t help Chicago on this night:

This is the kind of petty I can get behind.

Bell finished the game with a stat-stuffing line of seven points, six rebounds, six blocks, four assists and two steals in 26 minutes. He was a plus-20 as the defending champs beat the Bulls by 49.

Somebody notified me on Twitter this morning that the Bulls pregame show was downplaying Bell/the trade, which is hilarious. Even if the Bulls were supposedly deep in the frontcourt (that sure looks silly now), taking a chance on a talent like Bell is exactly what a rebuilding team should be doing.

Of course, this is bigger than Bell. Even if the Bulls didn’t like him and wanted a wing instead, selling an early second-round draft pick at the beginning of a rebuild is unconscionable. The Bulls are so bereft of NBA talent they should be exhausting every avenue in attempts to add some. Wings picked after Bell like Dillon Brooks, Dwayne Bacon and Sindarius Thornwell are getting rotation minutes across the league. They might not be all that good (yet at least), but there were players available worth taking a shot on.

So, yeah, the Bulls deserved all of the trolling they got from Bell last night. He should honestly be happy given he’s on the best team in the league, but it’s no surprise he used the trade as motivation in this game.

For good measure, here’s Bell obliterating Denzel Valentine at the rim: