03-01-2013, 11:34 PM
5-time NBA All-Star
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Peking, P.R.C., Asia
Re: Raja Bell and Utah Jazz have buyout issues
Raja Bell will not accept the Utah Jazz's minimum buyout offer before
Friday's midnight deadline, his agent, Herb Rudoy, told The Salt Lake
Bell, who is being paid $3.48 million this season, has been away from the
team all year since directing unflattering comments at coach Tyrone Corbin at
the end of last season. Earlier this week, Jazz Executive Vice President of
Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor told a team-owned radio station
that the Jazz had offered the minimum buyout to Bell before the season and that
"we never heard from him."
Bell needed to take a buyout by midnight Friday to be
eligible for the playoffs with another team.
"The framework of the buyout we have had in place all year was premised on
us finding an offer in the league," Rudoy said in a text messsage to The
Tribune. "We did not, so Raja is turning down the buyout."
Bell was closely linked in reports to the Lakers, who reportedly were
interested in adding the 36-year-old guard for a possible playoff run but were
reportedly hesitant to add to their $100-plus million payroll.
Bell played 102 games over two seasons in his second stint with the Jazz. He
also played in Utah from 2003 to 2005. In 12 NBA seasons with six teams, Bell
has averaged 9.9 points per game.
— Bill Oram
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Cut him! No one wants him. He's a dumb ass! He had a starting job in Utah now no one wants him.