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Jazz waive veteran guard Raja Bell

Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT


The season-long disagrement between the Utah Jazz and Raja Bell has finally reached its conclusion, as the team announced it has waived the 12-year veteran on Sunday.

Bell has not been with the team at all this season after vocalizing unhappiness with his role and criticizing head coach Tyrone Corbin. The Jazz had paid him to stay home, while exploring options to trade him before offering to buy out his contract for less than the fully guaranteed amount.

Bell and the team did not reach a buyout agreement, so this move creates a roster spot for the Jazz, but Bell will receive the full amount of his contract.

Bell needed to be waived by March 1 to be playoff eligible this season. He is free to sign with another team once he clears waivers, but if he does catch on with someone he won’t be able to play for them past the end of the regular season.

Bell’s agent told Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune that Bell definitely wants to play again, though his diminished skill set and poor attitude may make that a challenge.

The roster in Utah now stands at 14, but the team is expected to sign Travis Leslie from the D-League to fill that spot, Oram reports. The team is reeling, and finds itself tied with the Lakers record-wise for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, after losing by 29 points to a depleted Knicks team on Saturday.

  1. senioreditor2 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    He should have never signed with them in the first place but he was chasing dollars and apparently got the dollars and more. He obviously was shortsighted.

  2. JMClarkent - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    I disagree; I would debate it was they who lost out by signing Raja. Raja got a chance to start for a team that was competing for the playoffs and received every chance in the world to prove that he could play. He had a few brief flashes but had clearly lost a step – he is a marginal player at best now.

    “Terrible Rotation” Tyrone unwisely kept him in the starting lineup at the expense of younger players who both performed better and needed the court time. Even when we was eventually benched he received solid minutes until his blow up. Raja leaves with every dime promised without having stepped on the court on 2013 and was a starter for one last run before hanging it up – he definitely got the best of that exchange.

  3. lakerluver - Mar 10, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    He has to be better than Darius Morris, even if he’s not what he used to be. Speaking of which, is it a coincidence the LAKERS just assigned Darius and Sacre to the D-league? I think not. Welcome to L.A., Raja, maybe a change of scenery will rejuvenate you.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      Again, not happening. Bell cannot be used in the playoffs, he was released after March 1. His choice, BTW, for not taking the buyout offer.

  4. sunsation3413 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Raja’s issue the last few years is his attitude. He cant accept the fact that he was never the big star he thought he was in his mind. He had a couple good years in Phoenix, made some money and hasnt done anything since. Like so many he benefited from a system and fitting a role. Once away from that he was exposed and back to the marginal player he always was.

  5. asimonetti88 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    There’s been some rumors the Lakers will look at him due to his relationship with Mike D’Antoni. I don’t think it would be a good move for them, they need depth in the frontcourt before they do the backcourt. Obviously getting Pau back will help that but I don’t think Bell brings anything the Lakers don’t already have.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 10, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      They will not get him. First, he’s not playoff eligible (released after March 1). So the Lakers have no reason to add the salary.

  6. fanz928 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    How would he be short sighted he is in his 12 yrs well past his prime why not chase the cash? Is he going to wait and go for a team for vet minimum ?

    • senioreditor2 - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Because in the end he was only about the cash and now EVERY teams knows it. He’ll retire never really having a chance to play for a title. Years from now he’ll wish he had even if he still has the cash.

  7. iamjimmyjack - Mar 10, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Please Mitch don’t sign this guy!

    • mytthor - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Funny thing is the Lakers could really use a player like Raja Bell…from 6 years ago.

  8. loungefly74 - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    there was a time…just recently, kobe was luring him to LALAland…

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