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Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  14 responses

Raja Bell Has Refused to Accept Buyout from the Utah Jazz


Raja Bell’s time with the Utah Jazz is over, but apparently, Bell is not ready to accept the buyout payment from the team just yet. Reports the Salt Lake Tribune: “The Raja Bell saga goes on. 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. ‘We’ve been given the greenlight by Utah to go ahead and find something that works for us. We’ve agreed to the terms,’ Bell said in July. ‘So I think it’s safe to say now we are in the market again and we’re entertaining our options at this point.’ 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.”

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  • Bellfan

    Raja Bell clotheslines Utah Jazz!

  • RickyRude

    WTF?

  • DABIGFUNDAMENTAL

    Raja who ?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC03hmS1Brk Max

    Somewhere Kobe is laughing

  • bt

    I knew the three year contract they gave himi wouldn’t end well the day they signed him to it. Raja is a valuable contributor on a CONTENDING TEAM (Early 2000′s 76ers, Run-n-gun Suns), his skill set is next to useless on a mid-low level team.

  • Spencer

    At this point in his career Raja is an asset for no team. If there was an team out there that was at least marginally interested in his services, he would’ve accepted the buyout.

    If there was a team at least marginally interested in his services, the Utah Jazz would’ve traded him already.

  • Bellfan

    Kobe normally picks bad boys to be in his team like, Barnes, Artest, and possibly Raja Bell. Instead of playing against him, they can play with him.

  • Steps Around Lue

    phuck you raja bell.

  • http://www.slamononline.com Redd

    Raja Bell is not an asset? Lol that’s some hard rock you smoking, Bell is still definitely an asset.

  • LA Huey

    ^At this point in his career? Hardly

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Definitely doesn’t deserve the contract but on defense, off the bench? Yes I’d take Raja Bell. I give him 2 more years before he becomes a poison.

  • AJ

    Raja would be an asset coming off the bench but he thinks he is too good for that and instead becomes the pouting player that talks about the coach behind his back and hurts the chemistry in the locker room.

  • HereWeGoAgain

    Raja shot nearly 40% from the three last season (best on the Jazz all season) and was either #1 or #2 in FG% for Jazz guards. People out and out say he sucks, but his stats don’t prove that statement (look them up). His attitude may suck, he methods may suck, but as a basketball player, he still has some skills.

    After Raja was hurt about mid-season he was ready to return and Corbin told him to get another opinion on his knee (Jazz doctors had cleared Raja to play saying the condition of his knee was typical for a player his age). Apparently the second opinion said he needed surgery. Raja wanted to find another option. He found another doctor that gave him injections instead of having what would have been season ending surgery. He was back by the end of the season. I don’t know how effective he would have been since he hadn’t played in a while. Corbin sat him on the bench during the playoffs and were swept by the Spurs. Corbin and Bell obviously didn’t get along. I find it hard to believe that someone that has been around as long as Bell wouldn’t have been able to help the Jazz against the Spurs. At they very least, he knows their players and has a lot experience playing against them. Far more than Alec Burks and almost everyone else on the team.

    The whole situation is sad and I think it has been mishandled by the Jazz and by Bell. He was probably promised the world when he was signed, the team fell apart after Sloan re-signed, and Raja didn’t get along with the new coach, Corbin.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Honestly, I think Tyrone Corbin might be a suspect coach. He just gives off that vibe to m.

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