Raja Bell has yet to give the Utah Jazz a decision on a contract buyout as the two sides continue to work toward reaching an agreement.
Contrary to multiple reports last month that Bell had been refusing the buyout proposal from the Jazz, Bell’s agent confirmed that “he hasn’t rejected or accepted anything.”
Bell signed a three-year deal with the Jazz in 2010, but has made known his displeasure and desire to part ways since the middle of the 10-11 season.
Regarded as a quality outside shooter and a gritty defender, Bell, 35, has averaged almost 10 points on 40.6 percent from three-point range over his 12-year career with six different teams. Bell averaged 6.4 points last season, playing in 34 of 66 games.
The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks as part of a four-team trade also involving the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.
The Clippers sent point guard Mo Williams to the Jazz and the draft rights to Furkan Aldemir, the Clippers’ second round selection (53rd overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft to Houston while the Jazz conveyed the draft rights of Tadija Dragicevic, Utah’s second round pick (53rd overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft to Dallas.
To complete the trade, Dallas sent the draft rights of Shan Foster, the Mavericks’ second round selection (51st overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft to the Jazz with Houston sending cash considerations to Dallas.
The Utah Jazz have emerged as the potential third team in the Los Angeles Clippers’ ongoing trade discussions to acquire Lamar Odom from the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Jazz are willing to take on Clippers guard Mo Williams in a three-team trade scenario that would send Odom to the Clippers and enable the Mavericks to shed Odom’s salary without taking back any salary.
The ball now is in Williams’ court. The trade cannot be completed unless Williams agrees to invoke his $8.5 million player option for next season by Saturday’s deadline, which means that the 29-year-old is essentially deciding if he wants to return to the Jazz — where he began his career in 2003-04 — or test free agency this summer.
The Jazz are shopping Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, according to league executives.
Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson
The Jazz appear eager to build their frontcourt around the younger combination of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.
Andrei Kirilenko has signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow with an NBA return option.
Kirilenko began his career in Spartak St. Petersburg at the age of 16 and went to CSKA Moscow one year later.
“I am glad to be back to the team where I spent the years of adolescence.” Kirilenko said. “It’s a pleasure to have a chance to play for Russian fans, my friends, relatives. CSKA has a very strong team, great coach, excellent players. It’s great when the highest goals are ahead of you. It’s especially interesting to play under the load of responsibility. I am sure that we are able to solve any task together.”
Mehmet Okur has signed with Turk Telekom Ankara. Okur’s contract will allow him to return to the Jazz when the lockout is over.
Okur has recovered from his back issue and the left Achilles tendon injury that limited his court time last year.
“He’s healthy enough to play now,” Fleisher said.
“The driving force behind this is him not having played for a while and wanting to get back on court and finding a rhythm,” Fleisher said. “He wants to get ready sooner than later so he’ll be in a better position to contribute immediately (in the NBA).”
According to sources, Andrei Kirilenko recently approached Spanish League power Real Madrid about a contract, but the club balked over his $5.8 million salary request.
Kirilenko was paid $17.8 million last season, when injuries again limited his contribution to the Jazz. In 64 games, he averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Kirilenko has said all along his No. 1 career choice would be re-signing with Utah.
The Cavaliers, according to sources, are now committed to the former Duke guard as the No. 1 pick and are fielding offers for the fourth pick.
In a perfect world for the Cavs, they would draft Irving and former Arizona forward Derrick Williams, which is why they were also interested in dealing for the second pick.
But what they found out is that getting both players would be a stretch.
Utah has called Minnesota in an attempt to move up to No. 2, looking to land Williams or Irving, a source told ESPN.com‘s Andy Katz. But the Timberwolves were sticking with the plan of keeping the pick if the Cavs do not select Williams, according to a source.
In preparation for the No. 4 pick, Cleveland brought in Kentucky point guard Brandon Knight for a visit Monday.
Ten months after LeBron James left the team as a free agent, the Cavaliers took a major step toward rebuilding their franchise by winning the first overall pick in Tuesday’s draft lottery.
Ironically, the ping pong ball that bounced Cleveland’s way was attached to the Clippers’ selection, which the team acquired in the Baron Davis trade, not their own. The latter pick fell to fourth despite the Cavaliers having the best chance at taking one of the top three spots, given that the team owned the league’s worst record.
The Wolves took the second selection and the Jazz will pick third, by way of the pick Utah acquired from New Jersey in the trade of Deron Williams to the Nets.
Full lottery results are as follows:
- Cleveland (via Clippers
- Utah (via Nets)
- Golden State
A roller-coaster season is swinging ever lower in Salt Lake. The Jazz’s dramatic midseason collapse has left casualties. Gone are two once-untouchable coaches and an Olympic talent that was traded away.
The fall started suddenly, picked up speed and has changed the face of the organization. It is also on the verge of becoming historic.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in NBA history has ever started a season 15-5 and not made the playoffs. In addition, no squad during the 64-year timeline of the league has reached 27-13 and not qualified for the postseason. The Jazz stand on the precipice of both. Utah’s elimination number has dwindled down to one with seven regular-season contests to go.