Bucks Match Heat Offer Sheet for Charlie Bell

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Bucks want to keep Charlie Bell after all.

The Bucks have matched an offer sheet Bell signed with the Miami Heat for the restricted free-agent guard.

The a five-year deal is worth just over $18 million.

Agent Mark Bartelstein says Bell is getting ready to have a great year with the Bucks.

But that wasn't the case recently when Bell said he wanted to go to Miami instead of returning to the Bucks.

He told The Associated Press earlier this week that the Bucks didn't want to give him a long-term deal and didn't have the money available to resign him.

Before the Heat moved in, Bell was mulling an offer to play in Greece.

But Bartelstein says that's all changed and Bell now is ready to play his heart out for the Bucks.

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