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Latest On Raja Bell, Jazz Buyout

Since a report July 9th that Raja Bell had agreed to a buyout with the Jazz, negotiations hit a snag and the two sides still haven't finalized any parting of ways. Buyout discussions are continuing, Bell's agent Herb Rudoy recently told Shams Charania of, saying that reports that his client had rejected a proposal from the team are untrue.

Bell is set to make $3.48MM in the last year of a three-year contract this season, but he has clashed with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, whom he referred to as "unprofessional." Bell requested a trade back in May. Though he started 33 of the 34 contests in which he appeared, the veteran shooting guard saw just 23.4 minutes per game this past season, his fewest since 2002/03. He put up 6.4 points and 1.1 assists per game, also his lowest numbers since 2002/03. 

We heard in July that six other teams were interested in Bell, who turns 36 next week, but most of those clubs have probably moved on since then. It's unlikely he'd make nearly as much as he would in the final season of his contract with the Jazz, so it behooves Bell to get as much out of the buyout as he can. He expressed his admiration for former GM Kevin O'Connor earlier this summer, but O'Connor has since been promoted to executive vice president of basketball operations, with Dennis Lindsey taking his place as GM. Rudoy's comments to Charania indicate that Lindsey is now the person negotiating the buyout for the Jazz.

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5 thoughts on “Latest On Raja Bell, Jazz Buyout

  1. Jon Gee

    They should just have him be an assistant coach if they can’t negotiate a buyout. He could teach the young wings how to play lock down defense.

    • UTsports4life

      He would also teach them how to act like vaginas

  2. Ken Williams

    This is just another cry baby get rid of his ass im so tried of winny nba cry babies bell grow up omg full fill your contract and move on these guys need to get a real job in the real world shut up omg

    • JazzFan

      Bell has never refused to play for the Jazz or fulfill his contract. He did in fact say he would report to camp if they told him to. The two parties made an agreement that he would not come to camp. Bell and Corbin can’t seem to co-exist so parting ways seems to be the best thing for both sides. Hopefully they will reach some kind of an agreement very soon.
      I think that Bell would make a great assistant coach for another team, but not the Jazz due to his issues with the head coach. I doubt it was all completely one-sided. There were some communication issues that went on between the two. Why Corbin chose to leave Bell on the bench during the entire playoff series with the Spurs is puzzling. The Jazz were getting destroyed. They left one of their better defenders, their best three point shooter, and a player with a lot of playoff experience sitting on the bench during the entire four game sweep. Even if everything was Bell’s fault he was still with on the active roster and healthy. I don’t know what Corbin was trying to prove by leaving him on the bench. Corbin seems like a great guy and a good coach but I think he made a mistake. Maybe Raja deserved it. I don’t know, I wasn’t there, but Corbin should have maintained his professionalism. Even Jerry Sloan used to play Chris Morris in the playoffs and Morris was almost always in the doghouse.

  3. Peter Barney

    Bell got duped by the *ss Jazz!

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