Utah Jazz and Raja Bell have been in a dispute since the beginning of the season. The team and the player were discussing a buyout before the season began, but after the two parties were unable to reach an agreement, Bell was asked to not attend training camp.
Instead, Bell has been working out independently away from the Jazz. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, the Los Angeles Lakers could be interested in adding Bell to the team if Jazz and Bell reach an agreement:
If Jazz decide to buyout Raja Bell, the Lakers will try to sign the veteran guard. Bell is working out in Fort Lauderdale and wants to play.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 21, 2013
It seems as though both Bell and Lakers are fond of each other and if the financial situation between the veteran and the Jazz can be settled, the Lakers could very well add him to the roster. There were rumors that he could be traded before yesterday’s deadline, but that is no longer an option.
While Bell is known for being a great defender, he is 36 years of age. If he were to be signed by the Lakers he could probably still earn a rotation spot and help out defensively, but his impact would most likely be rather limited.
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