Jazz, Raja Bell at Impasse Over Buyout
The 36-year-old guard Raja Bell has been at a deadlock with the Utah Jazz for months, with both sides hoping to reach a buyout agreement after Bell made comments about Head Coach Tyrone Corbin last spring that put him at odds with the franchise.
“Hopefully this is wrapping up for me,” Bell said, when reached by The Salt Lake Tribune on Thursday. “I’m just trying to lie low and be as under the radar as I can for a while.”
Bell has been working out in Miami, and said he is in game shape. He has been linked to both the Lakers and Chicago Bulls by various media outlets, but to this point nothing has come of those discussions. The Jazz earlier this fall gave Bell’s agent, Chicago-based Herb Rudoy, clearance to negotiate with other teams and find a new home for Bell, who is in the final year of his contract, which will pay him $3.5 million unless an agreement is reached.
Without the guarantee of a new contract, though, it may not be fiscally prudent for Bell to give money back to the Jazz.