Utah Jazz, Raja Bell ready to part ways; guard could play for Heat

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  • TerryHaimes Sturgis, MS
    July 17, 2012 12:45 p.m.

    Apparently the Jazz can't trade him. Unless there was another player that I really wanted, I would not buy him out. It appears that the Jazz are intending to go with a rotation at the 2 and 3 of Heyward, Williams, Millsap and Burkes but if one or more of them went down, they would need Bell especially his defense in certain situations. I'm afraid that most of us are going to have Bell's opinion of Corbin before the season is over.

  • CottageCheese SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    July 11, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    Great News.

    The only thing I am going to miss with his departure is the lady ringing the cow bell every time Raja would hit a shot.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    July 10, 2012 8:29 p.m.

    I think Raja would have played more at the end of the season if it hadn't been for Burks. Burks earned the increased minutes he got as the season progressed and Bell didn't like sitting and waiting to play on the bench. Personally, I didn't like the amount of body & hands he used on others as a defender, kind of like Derek Fisher. But he was one of the Jazz's best defenders over the years, that's for sure.

  • Riles Midway, UT
    July 10, 2012 11:10 a.m.

    I don't know, man... Raja has always been a pro's pro, very articulate, smart, hardworking, and defensive minded - all qualities that the Jazz lauded when they re-signed him. My guess is that Raja had certain expectations about his playing time, role, and teammates that were not met when the Jazz changed the direction of the franchise last year and he voiced his frustration. I understand that you have to soldier on and do your job regardless, but to bench the guy for most of the end of the season was a bit harsh I think. Sloan had many battles with players, but I don't think he was vindictive about it. If there was a guy on the team who could help them win, he played them. I think it was more personal for Ty. Of course, the team is keeping this one close to the vest, so we'll probably never know the details, but any time you have to buy out a contract...mistakes were made.

  • DaveKnowsWhatsUp Bloomington, IN
    July 10, 2012 11:06 a.m.

    Anybody else sad they're not going to see Bell throw up brick after brick anymore? I'm not...

    Ah well, at least I can still respect him for what he did to Kobe a few years back.

  • Wendall Hoop Murray, UT
    July 10, 2012 7:39 a.m.

    Ironic he calls Corbin unprofessional. Well, don't let the door hit you on the way out old man.