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Published: Tuesday, Feb. 26 2013 2:05 p.m. MST

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DaveKnowsWhatsUp
Bloomington, IN

"We're not just going to let him walk away; we're paying him the money. He can't get all the money from us and then get more from the Lakers, 'Oh Thank you!' I'd get fired for that — I'd fire me for that," O'Conner said in the interview.".... uh, Derek Fisher anyone?

It's not like Bell would actually help the Lakers, they already have their share of selfishness, the only difference is those guys can actually make a three once in a while.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

They should have traded Bell to the Lakers...for Ebanks...or for a 2nd round pick...or probably...a bag of cheddar jalapeno cheetos...or probably a year's supply of tissue paper...since Bell has been crying all year long...

wyoming cougar
Green River, WY

Good call KAKASHI- definitely worth the jalapeño cheddar Cheetos. Those things are awesome!

Little Andy
Tremonton, UT

NBA needs to change their rules on waiver and buyouts. If you waive someone you can hope another team will pick them up and they would pay for part of their salary. When they are waived they are paid for the year.Then if a new team signs them they pay them also. If they amnesty a player they are paid for their contract in full but it does not count on their cap. But then that player can sign with another team. What the NBA needs to do if a player is paid for say the last two years of his contract then consider him paid in full. Then he could not get another penny from another team. Or maybe the new team could pay part of the buyout.

Scandrus
Cedar Hills, Utah

The Jazz have done an incredible job of smearing Raja Bell and making him look like a team cancer and horrible player and while I don't necessarily disagree with their characterization of him, the Jazz and the media also neglect that statistically he was the best shooter of all the Jazz guards and wings last year. His shooting percentages on 2's and 3's led all of the guards and wings on the team and he would be second in 3 point shooting percentage this year. This has obviously turned personal for the Jazz, if it hadn't they would have simply waived him and another team could pick him up and pay the remainder of his contract. Raja gets to sit home and collect 3.48 million but it also does huge damage to his career prospects. The real issue here is Coach Corbin not being able to manage a veteran who had some, if limited, value. CJ Miles also took some shots at Coach Corbin on the way out the door but the Jazz have effectively turned Corbin's lack of communication skills into Raja Bell is a locker room cancer and horrible player and nothing more!

genkidaiyo
DUNCAN, SC

Ugh, and to think I allowed Raja to be my favorite player when he played for the Suns. I guess somebody needs to ring his "bell"!!

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Don't pay him and let him become a laker! Didn't we get taken by another guard and the lakers? He should pay the jazz if he wants to leave. Sad that he's sitting the year out but it's his choice.

JazzyFanzz
Argyle, TX

Scandrus makes a great point that Bell was a good shooter. The only time I've heard Raja say anything bad about the Jazz publicly was in the interview after the locker room clean out when he said that Corbin had been unprofessional. I've always been puzzled why Corbin started Bell and gave him consistent minutes even after they had an "issue" and Bell was sent home early on a road trip. Bell was injured not long after that and when he came back at the end of the season, Corbin sat him through the playoffs. I have no idea why the sudden change. At the very least he could have given Bell some garbage time to see where Bell was at skill wise. Jazz could have used any help they could get against the Spurs. Raja is intelligent and well spoken. I do not know what he is like in the locker room. I wonder what happened to make the relationship between the Jazz and Bell so bad. Is it possible the Jazz made an example of Bell to stress their support of the coach after the whole Jerry Sloan/DWill thing?

JBQ
Saint Louis, MO

Bell was part of the group of malcontents who surrounded D-Will in is efforts to undermine Sloan. Corbin handled this issue well and held him in good stead with the rest of the squad. It gave Corbin an image of being in charge. That being said, Corbin needs to work a little harder at finding the right combination for success. Carroll has not been seeing much playing time and yet against the Celtics played a whale of a game. Favors, Kanter, and Burks continued to lead the charge in the comeback. That means that the onus goes to Jefferson and Millsap. When Mo comes back, we will see a lot of what needs to be done. Someone has to feed the Villanova kid the rock. Watson and Tinsley are gallant but slow. When Jefferson shoots, there is no rebounding with Millsap being screened off the boards. They can't do that to Favors or Kanter either. I'd say that the handwriting is on the wall. You take the salary cap and jettison Jefferson and Millsap and bring in backups for the two "sons of thunder". Hayward is great. Mo is damaged. We shall see.

JazzyFanzz
DFW, TX

JBQ said: "Bell was part of the group of malcontents who surrounded D-Will in is efforts to undermine Sloan."

I'm not saying you're wrong, but where does that info come from? I got the idea that DWill wasn't that fond of Bell because DWill publicly said that he wanted CJ to start over Bell. I thought Bell loved playing for Sloan and I heard him praise Sloan in a recent interview. He seems like a Sloan type of player and Bell was starting and playing significant minutes. Perhaps Raja's veteran status threatened DWill's position of leadership. I'm speculating and since I don't have any inside information, I'm basing my speculation on what I've heard over the last couple years. Bell switched colleges and if I remember correctly it was an issue with the coach. He asked to be traded away from Phoenix when they got a new coach. It's pretty obvious he didn't get along with Corbin, but I don't know how things were with Sloan. I remember being very excited when the Jazz signed Bell for the second time. I wish it had turned out better.

Kakashi
Tokyo, Japan

i agree that i think it became personal...when Corbin benched Raja...he was healthy after his injury last year...and was ready to play..but Corbin...never let him...i am not sure...why...cause i wasnt there...but i think...with Corbin as Coach...our team will be stuck as mediocre team...i dont see him being a great coach even if he goes 50 years coaching....he doesnt have his own system...and seems like he isnt very keen on developing talent...but still...i'd take a bag of cheddar jalapeno cheetos for bell...

John Wicks
Salt Lake City, UT

What a classless act he is. Totaly worthless!!!

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

re: Scandrus

Lets not get carried away here. You list his shooting %'s only. That is great in isolation but when yo look at the bigger picture you see he played alot of minutes (his average includes when he got moved to the bench and he still averaged 23 minutes a game. Meanwhile he averaged 6 points/game.

This is worse than Marvin Williams who everyone is sick of. Raja's PER is horrid. The worst starting guard in the league.

I recall watching him pass up wide open 3 point shots constantly. He would pass the ball despite being open. If he doesn't have the confidence to take a wide open 3 then what is he even on the floor for. He was averaging a little over one 3 point attempt per game.

That is a joke and so is Raja Bell.

I thought he might be a solid role player when he came back but he turned out to be nothing but a user of minutes with little return on investment for the team.

He couldn't defend a fire hydrant either. He would bluster and bump and then have to foul the guy as he blew buy him.

JazzyFanzz
DFW, TX

The Jazz were running a very stagnant offense last season. They weren't passing the ball to Raja very much and when they did, he wasn't always open. It almost looked like they were ignoring him but perhaps it was merely the offense Corbin was running.

From what I read, the Jazz offered Bell a minimum salary buyout. That's $1.3 million prorated. Even if another team had wanted to sign him, they could probably only offer him the minimum due to salary cap restrictions. Raja's salary is $3.48 million. Do the math. He loses money in such a deal. The Jazz should have given him a break even buyout and he would quite possibly be gone, and the Jazz would have saved themselves some money and opened up a roster spot. Raja wouldn't have walked away with anything extra.

I don't understand why grown men couldn't have worked something out so they could get along. Corbin leaving Raja on the bench throughout the entire Spurs playoff sweep was the final nail in the coffin and he shouldn't have done that.Both sides misbehaved.

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