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That Jazz are like “Nah, that’s cool, Raja Bell. No need to come to training camp.”

Sep 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

Raja Bell AP

Things have gone from bad to worse to apathetic in Salt Lake City as the Salt Lake Tribune reports that disgruntled guard Raja Bell has been asked by the Jazz not to show up next week when the team begins its preseason.

The Jazz announced Friday that veteran guard Raja Bell won’t attend training camp next week.

“I have spoken with Raja and his representative, Herb Rudoy, and we have mutually agreed that although Raja remains under contract, it is in the best interest of all parties that he not rejoin the team next week when the Jazz begin training camp,” Utah general manger Dennis Lindsey said in a news release. “We will now move forward focusing on Jazz basketball and our preparation for the upcoming season. We will have no further comment on this matter.”

via Utah Jazz announce Raja Bell won’t attend training camp | The Salt Lake Tribune.

That’s a pretty strong statement form the team, who continues to try and reach some sort of agreement with Bell. They’re squabbling over a buyout and much like Rip Hamilton with the Pistons, the situation is untenable, yet unsolvable. Neither side will budge and a trade is a tricky thing to pull off considering the value involved.

It never makes sense to me why the holdout over the buyout. I understand that the team agreed to pay that money and that it’s not explicitly Bell’s fault that the coaching staff clashed with him so much. But from a practical standpoint, he’s still going to get a pretty decent chunk of it back wherever he signs next. If he does get let go, look for Miami, the Wolves, the Lakers, and others to be interested in him.

  1. nyg88 - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    he could’ve joined the lakers but he joined the jazz instead! I wonder how he’s feeling about that move now…

    • money2long - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      richer..yet sadder.

  2. jmclarkent - Sep 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Ty Corbin gave him WAY to much leash. Instead of developing Burks, Raja started a huge chunk of the season (and was pretty ineffective). His legs are shot; at this point in his career is is a situational defender at best.

    It is a shame that he thinks he still “has it”; I think he could really be good for a young team with his head on straight.

    • money2long - Sep 29, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      that’s probably why he wants to hold on to every penny in his contract buyout

  3. hahapapa - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    About time they got rid of him.

  4. dysraw1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    i remember J Kidd back in the day,an hard he was to get pass on D. time changes things for all of us. Raja also was a great defender back in the day but at his age it takes a special kind of individual to deal with these young legs today

  5. rocirius - Oct 5, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I can’t figure out why any player would take less than their full contract amount in a buyout. Their next contract gives me the ability to double-dip unless they were amnestied unless I’m mistaken.

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