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Report: Raja Bell, Jazz end buyout talks, start trade talks

Oct 23, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT


Anyone interested in adding Raja Bell and his $3.5 million deal to your roster?

Since this summer the Jazz and Bell’s agent have been trying to workout a buyout of the veteran guard, but the Jazz wanted a deeper discount to let him go then Bell was offering. And frankly, why should Bell take less? The Jazz told Bell not to bother to come to training camp and negotiations continued.

But they have now broken off, Bell’s agent told RealGM:

After months of negotiations, Raja Bell and the Utah Jazz have moved past contract buyout talks and are now weighing trade scenarios, agent Herb Rudoy told RealGM on Tuesday afternoon.

There are veteran, contending teams that could use guard depth and see Bell as an option. Bell did not play well in Utah the past couple seasons at all (PER of 8.2 and 8.3) but he can still knock down the three (39 percent last season) and may have some value in another system. Although at age 36 he’s not getting any extension offers.

The challenge is teams will have to offer the Jazz something they want — which means Lakers fans stop dreaming of a Steve Blake for Raja Bells swap. Nobody is just taking Blake because you don’t want him.

But if you have young player or someone the Jazz feel is an upgrade and can fit into their plans going forward, you apparently can get a deal done now.

  1. jmclarkent - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I doubt that any GM is dumb enough to trade something of value (to them) for a player that the Jazz have been trying to pay to send home for months. Either:

    – He is included as part of a bigger trade.
    – He is traded for a late 2nd RD draft pick
    – He is traded for another player who has worn out their welcome (preferably on the final year of their contract).

    If they can get an actual upgrade or worthwhile pick, someone has private “GM Party” pictures…

  2. 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    “-which means Laker fans stop dreaming of a Steve Blake for Raja Bells (sic) swap. Nobody is just taking Blake because you don’t want him.”

    Can’t help but feel like that was a shot from Kurt directly to me! LOL!!

  3. bbhoggen - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    What? ….“-which means Laker fans stop dreaming of a Steve Blake for Raja Bell swap. Nobody is just taking Blake because you don’t want him.”….

    Nobody wants Raja Bell’s terrible contract either. So why on Earth wouldn’t they take Steve Blake and a young player like Johnson-Odom for Bell and another aging veteran that would make the salaries work?

    Not exactly sure where you think Bell suddenly got all this value. Bell is 36, so I don’t even think Bell for Blake would be a good swap for the Lakers. So why wouldn’t the Jazz do it as long as they’re not taking on salary? Confusing.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Because as soon as I tweeted this, before I wrote the story, three tweets about Blake for Bell popped up in my timeline. And Kobe recruited Bell in the past. That said, I don’t think it’s a good trade for either side.

  4. sdboltaction - Oct 24, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Well at least PBT writers interact in the message threads… Unlike any of the “too cool, Mr. Populars” at PFT! LOL

  5. paulhargis53 - Oct 24, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I wouldn’t get too excited malt. You aren’t the only tool in the laker fanbase workshop.

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