Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bucks Match Miami's Offer, Retain Bell

And we strike out again.

Add Charlie Bell to the list of players the Heat have tried and failed to bring in this offseason. The Bucks elected to match the Heat's offer to restricted free agent Charlie Bell, meaning Bell will remain a Buck.

That's a pity. I'd read mostly positive things about Bell's game. Most seemed to think this would have been a good signing.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

So We're Giving This Another Try, Huh?

Earlier this summer, the Heat failed miserably in it's attempt to pry Mo Williams away from the Bucks. It's looking like they might succeed in their second attempt to sign a Bucks guard.

On Monday, the Heat signed Charlie Bell to a 5-year, $18.5 million offer sheet. Yesterday, the Bucks signed Royal Ivey to a one-year deal, which might indicate that they're willing to let Bell go. They have until Monday to match the Heat's offer.

Should the Bucks fail to match, it sounds like the Heat might have landed a pretty decent player to back up D-Wade (and possibly play a little point).

Ira Winderman posted on his blog about a conversation he had with an Eastern Conference scout. The scout gave the Bell signing two thumbs up.

Perhaps this off-season will end up being somewhat successful after all.