HoopsHype Raja Bell rumors

February 8, 2013 Updates

Long-time NBA reporter Chris Sheridan is reporting the Wolves are expected to move guard Luke Ridnour. Utah likes Ridnour, according to a source. But a separate source said the Jazz are not willing to deal guards Alec Burks and Raja Bell for Ridnour. In fact, Burks is off-limits in the discussions involving Ridnour. The most logical scenario involves Utah sacrificing the worse of its two first-round picks in the June draft -- the Jazz also owns Golden State's selection -- and Bell for Ridnour. Bell has an expiring contract. The Wolves don't appear to be involved in any blockbuster trade talks. 1500 ESPN

January 23, 2013 Updates
December 21, 2012 Updates

Waiving Howard creates an open roster spot for a small forward who can defend. The options include signing swingman James Anderson, cut just Thursday by San Antonio, or a veteran sitting at home such as Michael Redd, who has had knee problems of his own; pulling a wing player such as Chris Douglas-Roberts or Coby Karl, who played on the Wolves' summer league team, from the Development League; or trading for a player such as Raja Bell, who is sitting home in exile from Utah. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

December 20, 2012 Updates

The 36-year-old guard has been at an impasse with the Jazz for months, with both sides hoping to reach a buyout agreement after Bell made comments about coach Tyrone Corbin last spring that put him at odds with the franchise. "Hopefully this is wrapping up for me," Bell said, when reached by The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday. "I’m just trying to lie low and be as under the radar as I can for a while." Salt Lake Tribune

Without the guarantee of a new contract, though, it may not be fiscally prudent for Bell to give money back to the Jazz. Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey declined to respond to questions Wednesday asked about the status of buyout discussions with Bell and whether Jazz representatives would meet with him in Miami while the team is in town. Salt Lake Tribune

December 16, 2012 Updates

The Chicago Bulls have shown a willingness to sign Bell to a non-guaranteed deal, but that hasn't inspired Bell to agree to a buyout with the Jazz, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

December 14, 2012 Updates

The Lakers have pushed back their pursuit of exiled Utah Jazz shooting guard Raja Bell, understanding there's a short-term priority to investigate clearing a roster spot to add a point guard. The Chicago Bulls have shown a willingness to sign Bell to a non-guaranteed deal, but that hasn't inspired Bell to agree to a buyout with the Jazz, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

December 10, 2012 Updates
December 5, 2012 Updates

First and foremost, the Lakers need defensive help on the wing and they need to strengthen their bench. For those reasons, league sources say D'Antoni is using whatever organizational capital he has to push for the signing of Raja Bell, whose agent, Herb Rudoy, is in the midst of buyout negotiations with the Jazz. Bell would immediately slow the wing penetration that is collapsing the Lakers' defense and exposing their rotational deficiencies on the back side. He's also a career 41 percent 3-point shooter who made a league-high 205 3-pointers in 2006-07 under D'Antoni in Phoenix. And Kobe wants him, so there's that. CBSSports.com

November 27, 2012 Updates
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The Lakers have tried unsuccessfully for several weeks to trade bench players to create roster space. "The biggest question is the taking on of more money," a league source told Yahoo! Sports. Bell is still under contract with the Jazz, but the team has allowed him to stay away this season until he finds a suitable offer and the two sides can execute a buyout. Once Bell has secured a contract for the veteran's minimum elsewhere, the Jazz will buy out the difference on the remaining $3.5 million on his 2012-13 contract. Bell wouldn't lose any money between the buyout and joining a new team. Yahoo! Sports

November 13, 2012 Updates

Adelman said there have been internal discussions about whom the team might add. That list likely includes free-agent wings Mikael Pietrus, Josh Howard and Chris Douglas-Roberts along with Utah's Raja Bell, who has been exiled from the Jazz. "I couldn't even tell you," Adelman said when asked about getting an injury exemption. "We're just trying to get through this game. I haven't even asked about that." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 26, 2012 Updates

Bill Oram: As reported elsewhere, and as expected, the Jazz waived Darnell Jackson and Chris Quinn tonight. Roster is now at 15, including Raja Bell. Twitter @tribjazz

October 24, 2012 Updates

Raja Bell's agent disputed an Internet report that claimed he said the organization is trying to trade the shooting guard rather than working out a buyout. "Absolutely not," agent Herb Rudoy told the Deseret News when asked about Tuesday's RealGM.com article, which reported that he'd talked about the Jazz moving on to considering trade scenarios instead of finding a financial settlement. "I was asked if we are discussing a buyout and I said 'no.' The rest is pure speculation," Rudoy said. "There is no trade talk that I know about." Deseret News

October 23, 2012 Updates

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. While RealGM reported last month that both sides had resumed buyout discussions with the expectation of reaching agreement, none of those conversations are taking place at this stage. RealGM

September 29, 2012 Updates

The Utah Jazz will open training camp Tuesday with 19 players on their roster, including disgruntled guard Raja Bell, though the team and his agent have mutually agreed the 35-year-old should not attend. The team is allotted 20 spots for camp but must trim its roster to 15 before the regular season starts.Bell is taking up one of those spots. He is scheduled to make $3.5 million in the final year of his contract but has publicly feuded with coach Tyrone Corbin and indicated the relationship had suffered "irreparable damage." ESPN.com

September 28, 2012 Updates

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." Salt Lake Tribune

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