HoopsHype Raja Bell rumors


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

September 27, 2012 Updates

Brian T. Smith: With less than five days before media day, Raja Bell's still part of the #UtahJazz. Haven't been informed of any progress in talks and was told late Tuesday there had been none. Bell was in Salt Lake City on Monday for a physical. Still unclear what Jazz's next move is. Twitter @tribjazz

September 22, 2012 Updates

Brian T. Smith: A contract buyout before training camp continues to be the most likely option for Bell. But terms must be agreed upon, and everything from a trade before the regular season to Bell sitting on Utah's bench all year are realistic possibilities. Twitter

Brian T. Smith: The Jazz have been open to trading Bell for a long time. Both sides want to move on. But the fact Utah hasn't resolved anything with a less than a week before camp begins has created a surreal situation. It's almost unthinkable Bell could be in uniform for the Jazz this season. But it's actually become a remote possibility since the Jazz have yet to officially address his status with the team. Twitter

September 21, 2012 Updates

The buyout that was expected to come in July still hasn't arrived for Raja Bell. Because of that, the veteran guard recognizes that even a possible move into free agency might not mean the opportunity to suit up for his hometown Miami Heat. The defensive-minded swingman with 3-point range said Friday that he remains hopeful of receiving his release from the Utah Jazz in advance of next week's start of training camp and that few teams hold the allure of the Heat. "They would be on the top of my list, for sure," he said on 640 Sports' Andy Slater Show. "Again, hometown crowd, my kids are in elementary school here. It'd be great for me to get a chance to play here in Miami where I grew up and I know a lot of people, and be a part of this history that they're going to make for the city. But that's not always just up to me." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Utah's regular-season roster is currently set at 15 players entering camp, which is the maximum allowed by the NBA once the regular season begins. Veteran guard Raja Bell isn't expected play for the team or participate during camp, though, and his long-delayed buyout with the Jazz has yet to be resolved. Salt Lake Tribune

September 16, 2012 Updates

Brian T. Smith: Several agents with clients who had interest in signing with Jazz have wondered why it's taken so long for Utah to finalize buyout. Considering Bell's situation with Utah stretches back to D-Will era, fact sides haven't resolved buyout has become surreal and un-Jazz like. Twitter

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July 31, 2012 Updates

The Raja Bell saga goes on. The Salt Lake Tribune learned Monday that Bell has not accepted a buyout with the Jazz, despite the veteran guard saying July 8 a verbal agreement had been reached between the sides and only formalities remained. Salt Lake Tribune

Jazz General Manager Kevin O’Connor would not discuss Bell’s buyout when recently asked about the situation during Summer League in Orlando, Fla. But a league source confirmed Monday the Jazz have officially offered Bell a buyout. He has refused to accept the deal, though, delaying an already long-delayed process. Salt Lake Tribune

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