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Posted May 13, 2012 - 07:04 PM

Raja Bell Expresses Displeasure With Tyrone Corbin, Hopes To Play 12-13 Elsewhere

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By Jody Genessy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The morning after being swept by San Antonio, most Utah Jazz players talked about how satisfying their past playoff season was and expressed optimism for the future.

And then there was Raja Bell.

The 12-year veteran has one season remaining on his three-year deal with the Jazz, but he is convinced his stay in the Beehive State is over.

Bell started his candid nine-minute interview at Tuesday's locker clean-out with the verbal bombshell, "I don't think I have a future with the team."

By the time he was finished expressing his disgruntled feelings, Bell had touched on his dissatisfaction with his role, his relationship with Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin and his return to the Jazz organization.

Bell's biggest beef was about a communication gap with his coach, something that dates back to the 2010-11 season when he was displeased with the way Corbin told him about his decision to move him to a reserve role at the end of the year.

"I just thought that the way I was handled by Ty was unprofessional," Bell said.

Things came to a head this season when Bell had a locker room blow-up with Corbin in Philadelphia on March 9 and was sent home and suspended for the next game.

A lack of dialogue at the end of the season and in the playoffs — coupled with Bell being the only healthy Jazz player to not see any postseason action — soured the veteran to the point that he doesn't see a future here.

"When it gets to a point where there's absolutely no communication for months on end," Bell said, "I think we all know that that's irreparable damage."

Bell spoke positively of the Jazz's youth — "We've got some really, really good young kids," he said — but the 35-year-old didn't feel like he was in the team's plans as the season progressed. Bell even told the Jazz he would be amenable to a trade, thinking that it could benefit both parties. But that didn't come about.

Bell also said his relationship with Corbin and Jerry Sloan, the coach who was here when he re-signed with the Jazz two years ago, was "night and day." Though he can't see himself donning a Utah uniform again, Bell believes he has years remaining as an NBA player.

"I do think given the opportunity and a role that's established and not just jumping all over the place from night to night that I could contribute," Bell said. "Hopefully, (Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor) and the brass here find a way to make it work for all of us."

O'Connor offered a sarcastic response when asked about Bell's pointed comments.

"I would probably say, 'Gee, that's unexpected. I would have never thought that would've happened,' " said O'Connor, who obviously was not surprised by Bell's harsh words and accusations.

But O'Connor made it clear the Jazz will look into rectifying the situation.

"We'll deal with all that stuff behind closed doors as far as that goes," O'Connor said. "He's got a contract next year. We expect him to honor it. If we can make our team better, we will."

This season, O'Connor insisted that the Jazz will not do buyouts, so that solution would presumably have to be a trade unless Utah decided to use its amnesty clause on Bell.

"I don't have a number (of years), but I know that this year when I was playing well and I was playing, I felt good. My body felt good," Bell said. "I was worried that I wouldn't be able to chase people and I wouldn't be able move my feet, and I felt like I had some nights where I smothered some guys and really got up under them and did my thing. I shot the ball pretty well. It was exciting to me, coming off a year like last year, where I could never find that, so I do think I could (play more in the NBA)."

Corbin spoke before Bell went off and didn't offer much detail about the shooting guard's future.

As for not playing Bell in the playoffs, Corbin said, "That's on me."

Added the coach: "I just decided it wasn't the best thing for us — where we were and where he was — to go as we were going."

Bell had fought back from a knee injury and suffered groin muscle issues, but he felt good enough to play and help the Jazz in the playoffs.

"Do I think I could've contributed? I do. I played the Spurs in three playoff series in my career. Big battles with Manu (Ginobili), Tony (Parker), those guys," Bell said. "When you have referees coming up to you asking you why aren't you playing because you can make a difference out there (and) their team asking you why aren't you playing because we really were worried if you were in the scouting report, those things make you wonder."

Bell continued: "But it wasn't my call to make and once I realized after Game 1 when (Corbin) cleared the whole bench and I didn't even touch the court at the end of the game that it was a personal matter, then I didn't care any more."

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Edited by LALakersFan4Life, October 23, 2012 - 01:29 PM.


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Posted July 30, 2012 - 06:47 PM

Raja Bell Reportedly Refusing To Accept Jazz Buyout Offer

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The Utah Jazz and veteran Raja Bell are generously providing fans with some off-season drama.

Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

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.

“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, stalling an already long-delayed process.


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Posted September 11, 2012 - 08:40 PM

Raja Bell Continuing To Work On Buyout With Jazz

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Raja Bell has yet to give the Utah Jazz a decision on a contract buyout as the two sides continue to work toward reaching an agreement, his agent told RealGM on Tuesday.

“We’re talking to their new GM [Dennis Lindsey] and working on it,” agent Herb Rudoy said by phone.

Contrary to multiple reports last month that Bell had been refusing the buyout proposal from the Jazz, Rudoy confirmed that "he hasn’t rejected or accepted anything.”

Bell signed a three-year deal with the Jazz in 2010, but has made known his displeasure and desire to part ways since the middle of the 10-11 season.

Regarded as a quality outside shooter and a gritty defender, Bell, 35, has averaged almost 10 points on 40.6 percent from three-point range over his 12-year career with six different teams. Bell averaged 6.4 points last season, playing in 34 of 66 games.


http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/223453/Raja_Bell_Continuing_To_Work_On_Buyout_With_Jazz

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 06:18 PM

Raja Bell: The Heat Are On Top Of My List, For Sure

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By Ira Winderman
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MIAMI—

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."

Facing a diminished role amid an uneasy relationship with the Jazz staff, the native of St. Croix, who attended both Killian High and Florida International University, appeared poised for a buyout early in the free-agency period. He is due $3.48 million this coming season from Utah on the final year of his contract.

"Right now, I'm taking a physical on Monday out in Salt Lake," said Bell, who turned 36 Wednesday. "We had a buyout in place early in the summer. The Jazz never officially presented it to me. But they never really officially told me I was coming back there, either. So I'm really in a limbo situation right now."

Had Bell completed his release in July or even August, he might have been better positioned to approach the Heat. Instead, 18 of the 20 spots for Heat training camp already have been filled, with those sessions opening Sept. 29 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Bell appreciates the Heat option might be lost, even with a Jazz buyout.

"The Heat, they've done a great job over the last few years," he said. "They've really stacked their roster with some quality players, so I don't know that there's a spot there for me. Obviously, it's my hometown team, so given the opportunity, I'd like to be a part of what they're doing.

"But I understand that they've made strides to improve and really feel like they've got a good nucleus. So if it's not here, then hopefully I'll get a chance to go somewhere else and finish my career."

The two-time member of NBA All-Defensive teams said he appreciates any role would be limited.

"At my age and what I've got in my tank, I feel like a limited role is best," he said. "I don't really like playing 35 minutes a night anymore."

Shane Battier currently stands as the Heat's lone perimeter defensive specialist, although LeBron James often takes the critical perimeter defensive assignment in crucial situations.

"As much as I control what I do, I don't," Bell said. "The Jazz hold my rights, they are the owners of the contract. And so if they tell me I'm coming back to camp, then I have to go back to camp.

"On Monday, when I go out and have my physical, I'm really hoping they'll say to me, 'Look, we either have a trade worked out for you or we're going to waive you,' or something that will allow me to move on."

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Posted September 21, 2012 - 09:10 PM

Why the hell would they want a [expletive]ty payer like him. He also has horrible attitude. I have always hated bell.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 01:30 PM

Raja Bell and Jazz End Buyout Talks, Weighing Trade Possibilities

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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.

Bell has been on the roster of the Jazz throughout training camp and preseason, but the organization asked him not to show up.

The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers have long been viable destinations for Bell, who has wanted a chance of scenery. Bell, 36, is still capable of helping a contender and remains a strong outside shooter and a hard-nosed defender.

Bell has averaged nearly 10 points on 40.6 percent from three-point range over his 12 NBA seasons with six different teams. He averaged 6.4 points while playing 34 of 66 games a season ago.


http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/224114/Raja_Bell_Jazz_End_Buyout_Talks_Weighing_Trade_Possibilities

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 01:35 PM

http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/224114/Raja_Bell_Jazz_End_Buyout_Talks_Weighing_Trade_Possibilities

I hope he has to go to china to play ball. Hate that douche bag.

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Posted October 23, 2012 - 02:13 PM

trade blake for him

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 01:48 AM

What the hell, throw Duhon and Morris at 'em, see if they bite.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 05:34 AM

trade blake for him


no! trade duhon!
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Posted October 24, 2012 - 08:03 AM

Oh man, I hope they trade him to the bobcats or to the pistons just to annoy him.

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Posted October 24, 2012 - 09:34 AM

Agent Not Aware Of Raja Bell Trade Talk

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By Jody Genessy, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 23 2012 5:39 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — 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."

When asked if a trade is in the works or if the team is no longer pursuing a buyout with Bell, Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey replied with a "no comment."

The 36-year-old Bell has not participated in training camp with Utah. Three days before practices began, the Jazz released a statement explaining that the organization and Bell's camp agreed to have him stay away from the team while a resolution to his contract situation can be ironed out.

Both sides agreed to not speak in public about the contract situation.

According to Bell, the two sides had a buyout in place this offseason, although he told a Florida sports radio show he never saw the actual offer. That buyout agreement never came to fruition. Bell is set to earn $3.5 million in the final season of his three-year deal with the Jazz.

At the end of the 2011-12 season, Bell told reporters he didn't have a playing future with Utah after his relationship with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin disintegrated.

Bell, who was sent home early from a road trip after a locker room dispute with Corbin, said the way the Jazz coach treated him had been "unprofessional." In his second stint with Utah, Bell also said his relationship with Bell had suffered "irreparable damage."

Because the Jazz didn't use their amnesty on Bell, the organization has limited options. Utah can trade him, settle a buyout, cut him but pay his full contract or leave him on the roster until the end of the season whether he plays or not.

Traditionally, the Jazz prefer to maintain one or two available roster spots open for flexibility and emergency situations. Currently, Utah has 17 players on its roster, which has to be trimmed down to between 13-15 heading into the 2012-13 season.

As it stands, Utah realistically only has one open spot on its roster — an opening that could be filled by second-round shooting guard Kevin Murphy, big man Darnell Jackson or point guard Chris Quinn, all of whom have non-guaranteed deals.

The Jazz took Tuesday off after traveling back from their 120-114 loss in Portland on Monday night. Utah will practice again this morning before finishing up the preseason at home Thursday night against former Weber State star Damian Lillard's Blazers.

Bell, meanwhile, is waiting to find out his future. Last month, the Miami resident told 640 Sports' Andy Slater the Heat "would be on the top of my list" of possible suitors.

Last season, Bell started in 33 of the 34 games in which he played for the Jazz. The shooting guard, known for his tough exterior defense and outside shooting, averaged 6.4 points in a limited role. Bell led Utah in 3-point shooting with a 39-percent clip. His season was hampered, however, by nagging injuries and ongoing turmoil with Corbin.

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