The Los Angeles Lakers may end up empty handed in their wait for Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz, as sources believe Utah will be unwilling to part ways with with the veteran swingman to keep him out of the hands of the Lakers, via Alex Kennedy of HOOPSWORLD.
Prior to the trade deadline passing it was reported that the Lakers were interested in signing the former teammate of Steve Nash, and player under Mike D'Antoni. Bell is averaging 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, on 0% shooting because he hasn't played a single minute with the Jazz this season. Utah is currently 3.5 games ahead of the Lakers in the Western Conference standings.
Bell and the Jazz have been in a contract dispute with the sides unable to reach an agreement on a buyout. On the 21st Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey was asked about the situation between the parties and had "no comment" on the progress, via Bill Oram of The Salt Lake Tribune.
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