Jazz bring back Bell
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.