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Jazz near buyout of Raja Bell; Heat, Lakers, Celtics in mix

Jul 9, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

Raja Bell AP

How much does Raja Bell still have in the take at age 36 next season?

That’s the question some contenders will have to ask because Bell is going to be on the market — he has a verbal agreement for a buyout deal with the Utah Jazz, Bell told the Salt Lake Tribune.

“I’ve been given the greenlight and we’ve agreed to terms,” said Bell, who’s set to make $3.4 million this season.

The buyout would make Bell a free agent.

Bell told the Tribune that he has interest in three of the leagues best teams — the Lakers, Heat and Celtics (there may be more as well). Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports what Bell really wants to go back to his native Miami.

Bell can still shoot the three (39 percent last season) but his game has slipped the last couple years following some injuries, including his left knee last year. His PER has been 8.2 and 8.3 percent the past couple years. His defense has not been the same.

But for a veteran minimum deal (one year, team option for the second year) it might be worth the risk.

  1. raiderdave - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Great story, but damn, can we please proofread first?

    • kingbeason52 - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:23 AM

      I am studying journalism in college, and I love to read about sports stories, but this website has to be the most unprofessional website I have read, they are bloggers, and most of the time the stories they report have already been acknowledged, but NBC basketball feels the need to rush there stories out to the public..almost every story has such a minor grammar issue, that it is just negligence

      • lcore11 - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:17 AM

        Stay in school kb52 and learn the proper use of their vs. there! “but NBC basketball feels the need to rush there stories out to the public.”

      • 1historian - Jul 9, 2012 at 6:45 AM

        Speaking of ‘minor grammar issues’ try this – “NBC basketball feels the need to rush there stories out to the public”.


        It should be “NBC Basketball feels the need to rush their stories out to the public.”

        Your whole post is one long sentence which should have been broken into at least two separate sentences.

        Just trying to help – perhaps you should “study” a little harder

      • raidmagic - Jul 9, 2012 at 7:28 AM

        and it’s their not there…

      • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:09 AM

        yeah…that was embarrassing kingbeason52. Mr. 1historian put the smackdown hard and rightfully so. i’ve been on the site for a little while now and i just accept there will be errors. PBT is not The Economist or Time or whatever…but a blog site. i’d rather read your comment about the article itself than nitpicking grammatical errors. (…and i’m sure i have a few errors in my paragraph…) moving on.

        (about the article now) oh man…Raja. as a Laker fan, I have dispised this guy for so long…maybe a top 5 villian for me BUT i would love to have him join. he plays good defense, the type of in-your-face-smackem-around-D (a la Artest or Rodman). i know Kobe reached out last year to him. maybe staying on the west coast and playing with buddy steve nash might convince him on landing in LaLaLand…

  2. rocketsbb - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    I don’t think Kobe would be interested.

    • dal24la - Jul 9, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      Y? Kobe recruited him last year, I’m sure he’d do it again. I wouldn’t mind, we need SG depth, although I’d rather have Belinelli.
      I just don’t know why he’d want to go to Celtics. They have too many wing players for him to get any PT. Same with Miami unless Miller retires.
      I think Lakers are honestly his best chance of the 3 for playing time and winning.

      • nlruizjr - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

        Raja had his chance and he dissed Kobe, do you actually think Kobe would really ask him again ……bon voyage raja !!!!!

      • dal24la - Jul 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        True lol

  3. raiderdave - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    90% chance he’ll go to the Lakers. They have Nash, Kobe supposedly has tried to recruit him for the last several years, and they can still offer him market value, all while being a championship contender. Should be in the bag within the next week.

  4. 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:41 AM

    No thank you.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:14 AM

      ahhh…come on Malt! ya know he will bring the attitude and dirty D that will get under the skin of his opponent?!!! ya know…like he did with Kobe? i just want him for that…we dont need offense from him (okay…i’ll take the occasional trey).

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        I could maaaaybe get on board with this if it was for one year, vet’s minimum. But really, I’d rather have a number of players that we could conceivably get through free agency at that position.

        Dahntay Jones (7 years younger then Bell with same defensive intensity, could hit the three, shouldn’t be expensive), Randy Foye (nice younger scorer to come off the bench, I’m sure he wants to stay in LA and could sign a 2 year tender, 2nd year player option for pretty cheap for a chance to get his name out there and get paid decently after a deep Laker playoff run.) Bring Shannon Brown back? CJ Miles (see Randy Foye comment)?

        Honestly, we ONLY need to be focusing on retaining Jordan Hill. We gave up our picks for rentals in Hill and Ramon Sessions and it would be a crime not to bring one of those guys back. Plus, we need a backup big, so far we only got Josh McRoberts and Robert Sacre (btw, I LOVE that guy!, good pick-up that late in the draft Lakeshow! Ronny Turiaf 2.0) and THAT’S IT! And really, have you seen whats out there as far as the bigs are concerned? STRAIGHT ASS! GARBAGE! Re-signing Hill is a must, hands down before we sign anything else. We got two roster spots left.

        Plus, Bell had his chance two years ago. He spurned Kobe’s olive branch and the Lakers offer to go to Utah. Raja can deal with his bad choice for all I care about. Also, I don’t want to keep stocking up on dinosaurs, I would really like to see what our young guards can bring to the table next year. Goudelock, DJO, Darius Morris is gonna be special when given the chance, with Steve Nash as his mentor!

      • loungefly74 - Jul 16, 2012 at 8:04 AM

        you are correct. (on everything)

  5. rickyspanish - Jul 9, 2012 at 2:54 AM


    I agree, but check yourself before calling people out. Their not there. Stay in school.

    • raiderdave - Jul 9, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      “their not there.” No need to nitpick but damn, don’t call people out if you’re much worse off.

      But as related to the story, as goes for most all ballers with even an ounce left in the tank, it’ll be between the Lakers and Heat. Just the way it goes with the latest CBA kicking in.

  6. hmax13 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Is there a similar website to this that has articles written by adults?

    No offense but this is getting ridiculous.

    • tashkalucy - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      If you think this is immature, check out HardballTalk.

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Lakers? Doesn’t Kobe have bigger fish to fry?

  8. Bryce - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    This isn’t a blog about english literature. Who gives a rats a$$ if there are words spelled wrong. I come to this blog to read about sports and it does a great job of delivering on that.

  9. deeballer - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    Dream on Raja. You’re not coming back home with the kind of money you want. I think the Heat are more interested in Rashard Lewis who’s younger, taller, and shoots better than you for the league minimum. Lewis would also be paired up with his mentor when he was in Seattle if he comes to Miami.

  10. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    If you can paste him to Matt Barnes’ back and pawn him off as a Siamese Twin who can play Defense, then we can call him our own private Shane Battier!

  11. cornbreadbbqred - Jul 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    P.S., sorry, but Kobe does not have the mystical basketball knowledge of how to fix what is off with the Lakers. It may take more objective basketball minds being involved to prevail, and the Nash trade is good case in point. Better out the blue; better the orientation is Kobe understands he must adjust his game to make the team more competitive in match ups with opponents. Last time I checked, it was still a team sport, requiring an ensemble of players ready to step up in clutch circumstance. Ask Miami.

  12. chrmngblly - Jul 9, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I favor trading Pau for Iggy , if possible, then for KLove or Smith. Who cares about Howard? The Lakers will be fine if Bynum resigns and Pau stays put–we all just doubt it.

  13. nlruizjr - Jul 9, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Gasol will KA, this season !!!!!!

  14. hahapapa - Jul 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    Who cares where he goes. Just get him out of UT.

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