It wasn't long ago that Raja Bell was reportedly on his way off the Utah Jazz roster as reports indicated that a buyout was already in place before NBA's moratorium on business was lifted earlier this month. Something has apparently changed, however.
Bell previously had talked openly about the buyout and many suspected he might join Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, but now that is all up in the air, according to a report in the Salt Lake Tribune.
Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor would not discuss Bell's buyout when recently asked about the situation during Summer League in Orlando, Fla. But a league source confirmed Monday the Jazz have officially offered Bell a buyout. He has refused to accept the deal, though, delaying an already long-delayed process.
Messages left Monday for Bell and his agent, Herb Rudoy, weren't immediately returned.
The Lakers don't really have any room for Bell on their roster anymore, but it's unclear what the holdup exactly is that's keeping the veteran defender under contract with the Jazz.