Jazz bring back Bell

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

SALT LAKE CITY — Kobe Bryant’s sales pitch wasn’t enough. Once vo­cal en­e­mies, the Lak­ers star had tried to woo Raja Bell to the world champs. Bell, a gritty guard known for his de­fense, de­cided to stick with Utah, tak­ing a three-year deal worth around $10 mil­lion.

Bell is a ca­reer 41 per­cent three-point shooter who has av­er­aged more than 10 points while play­ing for six teams. He played for the Jazz from 2003-05 and was a fa­vorite with both the fans and coach Jerry Sloan be­cause of his de­fense.

The re­turn of Bell in­di­cates the Jazz won’t be match­ing Port­land’s front­loaded of­fer for re­stricted free agent Wes­ley Matthews, a starter be­fore the end of his rookie sea­son.

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