Protected picks, trades and cash: How Kings indirectly helped Jordan Bell become a Warrior

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Protected picks, trades and cash: How Kings indirectly helped Jordan Bell become a Warrior
Protected picks, trades and cash: How Kings indirectly helped Jordan Bell become a Warrior

On June 30, 2011, Jordan Bell was a student at Long Beach Poly just beginning his foray into the world of AAU travel basketball. That's also the day a deal triggered a series of events that would make the Southern California native, who grew up a Golden State Warriors fan, a member of his favorite team. With an NBA lockout looming, the Kings traded forward Omri Casspi and a protected first-round pick to Cleveland for JJ Hickson, a talented but inconsistent forward. The rights-protected pick, aided by the Kings' inability to improve over the next six years, passed through Chicago and was eventually bought by the Warriors last June and used on Bell. "I thought it was crazy how all the picks and

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