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Lakers Rumors: Raja Bell an Option for the Lakers? Reviewed by Momizat on . After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, veteran guard Raja Bell will officially become an unrestricted free agent. At 36-years-old, Bell believe After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, veteran guard Raja Bell will officially become an unrestricted free agent. At 36-years-old, Bell believe Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Raja Bell an Option for the Lakers?

After agreeing to a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, veteran guard Raja Bell will officially become an unrestricted free agent.

At 36-years-old, Bell believes he still has something left in the tank and will consider his options in free agency.

Reportedly, Bell wants an opportunity to win a title with the next team he signs with.

That being said, there are a short list of teams in which he’s willing to join before next season, with the Los Angeles Lakers near the top according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports via Twitter:

 

 

With Steve Nash now running the show in the backcourt for the Lakers, Los Angeles will presumably be a much better team offensively. The addition of Nash will pick up the pace and increase the team’s chances of lighting up the scoreboard on a nightly basis.

Unfortunately, the defense may suffer and the bench still needs some upgrading. The signing of Bell, a good friend of Nash, would greatly improve the Lakers defensively and from beyond the arc. Bell may no longer be the player he once was with the Phoenix Suns, but he can definitely help the Lakers off the bench.

The left knee injury Bell suffered last season may be a concern for the Lakers. With the Lakers not getting any younger, GM Mitch Kupchak and company may stay away from adding players with questionable health at an advanced age.

Regardless of the potential health issues, signing Bell at the veteran’s minimum isn’t a bad play for the Lakers as it will improve the bench and give the team another great defender. Bell’s ability to guard multiple positions will definitely be put to use in Los Angeles.

With Kobe Bryant and Bell no longer mortal enemies after heated battles in the NBA playoffs, the five-time champion will most likely reach out to his former nemesis along with Nash to convince him to sign with the Lakers. Nash and Bell are reportedly very close, which may increase the team’s chances of landing the defensive-minded veteran.

Even though Bell has expressed interest in signing with the Lakers, two other teams are also in the running with Boston Celtics and Miami Heat on his short list. The Heat are currently the frontrunners to sign the veteran guard with Bell being a Miami native.

Last season, Bell averaged 6.4 points per game while shooting an impressive 39% from three-point range.

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  • Gwizla247

    Everybody complain about are age and the lack of youth, just be happy we even have a 24 year old in bynum. when your star players are aging and still fully capable of being contenders, you give them that opportunity to contend for a couple more years. There is no in-between when u enter a rebuilding process, if lakers went that route starting Today then top priority would be trading kobe for young athletic talent. Lets enjoy these next couple of years and take the vets with playoff experience, worry about being young when this group is finished. The Nash addition is perfect he will refresh Gasol and help Bynum peek.

  • Nutyghost

    no!

  • Hectorchaidez1102

    For the veteran minimum this would be anice addition. Our bench is lacking and if we could add veterans like raja bell and grant hill who CAN space the floor it would allow our bigs to flourish.

  • Hectorchaidez1102

    I seriously don’t see why people hate on the possibility of signing veterans. We are in a win now mode. Do you really expect us to sign young players for cheap and still expect to compete?? Ignorance!

  • chito

    i’d rather see BRANDON RUSH coming off the bench for the lakers… that dude has a good touch from 3 point range….RAJA BELL is old….

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