Utah Jazz: There's been a Raja Bell sighting in New York City
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Tuesday morning, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tweeted out a phrase in French, "Les gens oublient vite."
Translation: "People quickly forget."
Remember Raja Bell?
The veteran NBA shooting guard, estranged by the Jazz last season before being unceremoniously let go in March, is trying to make a comeback at the age of 36. Bell was paid $3.5 million to stay away from Utah during the 2012-13 season after he became disgruntled with coach Tyrone Corbin.
On Monday, the 12-year NBA veteran reportedly made an impression while working out for the New York Knicks.
Multiple media outlets, including ESPN and the New York Post, reported that Bell's outside shooting and defensive skills looked sharp while going against younger New York players. The free agent "stood out to the point where he could receive consideration for a roster spot," a source told RealGM.com.
"Bell, 36, always has been known as a hard worker and a positive locker room presence," RealGM's Shams Charania wrote, "but he played sparingly two seasons ago and had a falling out with the Utah Jazz. It led to him being away from the team, despite feeling healthy."
The Knicks are looking for wing help after Steve Novak, Chris Copeland and Quentin Richardson have gone elsewhere this offseason.
Bell's second stint with the Jazz had its moments, but things started to sour after Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan resigned in February 2011. Bell was frustrated with how Corbin sent him to the bench at the end of that season. He was sent home after a loud locker room tirade the following year and he ranted about Corbin the day after the 2011-12 season ended, calling Corbin "unprofessional."
"When it gets to a point where there's absolutely no communication for months on end," Bell said at the time, "I think we all know that that's irreparable damage."
Bell scored 6.4 points a game and hit 39.1 percent of his 3-point shots in his last NBA season (2011-12). He worked out all last season in hopes of joining another team in the league, but the Jazz didn't waive him until it was too late for him to sign with a different squad and play in the playoffs.
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