Unable to consummate a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz by Friday night’s deadline, guard Raja Bell is still aiming to find a team that he can help push toward the playoffs in the coming weeks, even if it then means sitting out the postseason, agent Herb Rudoy told RealGM.
“He is in fabulous shape and ready to play again,” Rudoy said.
To be eligible for the playoffs after a buyout, Bell had to reach agreement before the Friday deadline. The Jazz and Bell had a settlement in place that rested on the 36-year-old’s ability to find a deal elsewhere to make up the difference in salary, because Bell didn't want to lose money in the potential buyout.
Several teams had been in dialogue with Rudoy leading up to Friday’s deadline, but none committed in the end.
After mutually agreeing in training camp to stay away from the Jazz, Bell has yet to play this season. Bell averaged 6.4 points on 46.6 percent shooting a year ago and has always been regarded as a quality shooter and defender, but he clashed with Tyrone Corbin as his minutes declined last season.