He may get pushed for playing time at the 2 spot by swingman C.J. Miles, though Miles could wind up playing extensively at small forward — especially if Andrei Kirilenko plays more power forward than small forward.
In any event, Bell — who spurned a contract offer from the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in order to re-join the Jazz — just wants to contribute.
No matter whose spot it is that he's taking.
"If it's not my job to score the ball, then I'll go out there and try to help defensively," he said. "And if it's my job to score, I'll try to do that.
"You know, I know they hated to see (Matthews) go. He's a really good young player, and if they could have kept him, I'm sure they would have. Circumstances dictated that they couldn't, and I got a shot.
"But," Bell added, "validating is not anything I worry about."
Jazz preseason opener
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