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Postby Balance&Options24 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:39 am

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With the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as coach, the Los Angeles Lakers are showing a renewed interest in acquiring exiled Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Veteran guard Raja Bell last played for the Jazz last season. (AP)Bell, 36, has had strong advocates with general manager Mitch Kupchak and Kobe Bryant since the summer, but D'Antoni's history coaching Bell with the Phoenix Suns has amplified discussion of signing the veteran guard should the Lakers create an opening on their roster.

With a $100 million payroll and $30 million in additional luxury-tax expenditures, the Lakers are unsure about cutting a player, paying his salary and then paying the additional salary ($1.3 million) and tax that it would take to sign Bell.

[Related: Kobe wonders if Pau Gasol is 'coasting' due to conditioning]

The Lakers have tried unsuccessfully for several weeks to trade bench players to create roster space.

"The biggest question is the taking on of more money," a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

Bell is still under contract with the Jazz, but the team has allowed him to stay away this season until he finds a suitable offer and the two sides can execute a buyout. Once Bell has secured a contract for the veteran's minimum elsewhere, the Jazz will buy out the difference on the remaining $3.5 million on his 2012-13 contract. Bell wouldn't lose any money between the buyout and joining a new team.

Utah has allowed Bell and his agent, Herb Rudoy, to search out deals elsewhere. The Chicago Bulls have shown some interest in Bell, too, but haven't made any offers, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

[Related: Kobe, Michael Jordan provide blueprint for aging Dwyane Wade (video)]

When his minutes and role diminished a year ago, Bell began to clash with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. Bell started 30 games for the Jazz a year ago, but his minutes steadily decreased over the season. Bell had long been considered a quality perimeter defender and a credible 3-pointer shooter, but several league executives, scouts and coaches wonder how much of that proficiency is still left in his game.

Bryant has been a proponent of acquiring Bell once he's a free agent – and has communicated that to Bell, sources said – but Los Angeles signed shooting guard Jodie Meeks and absorbed several contracts in its trade for Dwight Howard.

Bell has been working out in his hometown of Miami, preparing for his chance to return to the league.
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Postby JLaker17 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:55 am

We do need bench help, but I'm not sure if he has anything left.
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Postby Doc Brown on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:03 pm

If we are looking to add another guard to the bench, might as well get one that can you know, contribute. Not really sure what Bell does that Jodie Meeks or a FA we should be looking at (D.West) can't do.

We want to bring in a guy that went after the coach for not playing, by putting him behind Kobe in a rotation our current backup is getting barely any run?

If you can get rid of that bum Blake go for it, otherwise I'm not seeing the point.
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Postby Rooscooter on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:55 pm

^^At this point I'm not sure Bell is any better than Blake... in fact, until we get Nash back Blake is a lot more valuable to us than Bell would be.

He looked done last year before he started getting injured. Even when he was good.... he wasn't that good.
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Postby Tobias Funke on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:58 pm

Just because he's familiar with Pringles doesn't mean he isnt done. Id take West or Peaches before this guy any day.
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Postby kenzo on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:59 pm

Only FA we should be looking at is Delonte... and maybe Pietrus. Bell is done.
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Postby khmrP on Fri Nov 23, 2012 4:30 pm

icencream27 wrote:Imagine if our management decided to get Rashard Lewis and Leandro Barbosa instead of Meeks and Jamison.

Those 2 would've been perfect for this style of play. Lewis to play beside Dwight or Hill to space the floor and Barbosa to be an actual legit scoring threat that KNOWS mda offense and has played with Nash before


Instead we got inconsistent Meeks and Jamison


all indications were that Jamison was better and had more to offer, Lewis didn't do squat in Was and he also wanted Mia all along, however I do not know what happened with Barbosa. We must have not even bothered trying with him, seeing as how he went to a Bos team that has deep depth at the Guard position.
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Postby raviator on Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:19 pm

With the uncertainty of Nash's return, if we dump Blake, we need a play maker in return, which is why I would love for the FO to go after West. But we need to dump some players for that to happen, hell PAY teams to take them. We need talent on this bench asap.
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Postby Doc Brown on Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:11 am

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Postby Center Court on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:01 pm

Doc Brown wrote:
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Do it Mitch.


Pietrus would be a perfect backup SF.

Problem is that our jam at the 4/5 has pushed Jamison to the 3 and there'd be no mins for him.

I'm curious with what Pau could be traded for. We need a more versatile lineup. The Pau/Dwight thing won't work in the offense we're running. moving Pau would give Jamison less mins at the 3 and then Pietrus would make sense
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Postby dwighthowardsdad on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:05 pm

Pietrus as a backup SF would be an upgrade over Devin; that would be a great fit.
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Postby wcsoldier81 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:40 pm

Pietrus isn't going to take the minimum so it ain't happening
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Postby GoldenKnight on Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:45 pm

wcsoldier81 wrote:Pietrus isn't going to take the minimum so it ain't happening


Lakers need a backup SF, I bet he takes it + he has played with Dwight before & has nothing but positive things to say about him
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Postby Doc Brown on Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:54 pm

We have 1.6 million left on the mini-MLE. It's a little bit more than the minimum, not by much, but we could make a 2 year deal out of it.
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Postby GoldenChocobo on Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:56 pm

I hope they add some youth/athleticism. Pietrus or West would fit the bill.
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Postby Ariza3 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:57 pm

Nash/?
Kobe/Meeks
MWP/Pietrus
Pau/Jamison
Dwight/Hill

we have too many PG's to bring in delonte. our week spot is backup SF. i like ebanks and think if hes given minutes under this system he'll give us points. i dont think we need Pietrus but if we got him im not gunna be opposed to it. i just think dantoni needs to play ebanks these next few games and see what he brings us...if he doesnt shine then bring in Pietrus. if he does than we have a young athletic long player who can score and defend coming off our bench.
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Postby Frank Dux on Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:58 pm

Screw Pietrus being a backup. Move Artest to the bench. He can be our "6th man" and lead the bench. I know He's been playing well, but our starting lineup's athleticism is abysmal. Our fast break opportunities never end up with easy baskets because we don't have dudes who can run the floor, beat the defense, and finish at the rim. Pietrus would be better suited playing with Nash as a "3 and D" specialist who excels in an up tempo offense. We already have enough speedsters in our second unit.

Any word on whether or not Delonte is available yet? Our guard play over the last few games has been embarrassing. Morris is doing an ok job as a shooter and defender, but we desperately need an extra ball handler.

If Pietrus is still uninterested in in taking the min, Mitch needs to make a deal for Ariza. The Wizards can have any of Blake/Duhon/Clark/Ebanks
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Postby lakersin4 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:43 pm

Bringing in Pietrus & trading Pau & some other pieces that don't fit for some athletes that can shoot, especially a quick backup PG or combo guard that can really score.. Artest might have to go as well, as we'd need to get back another significant player. A shooter that can really knock down 3's & run at SF seems like the best fit. Batum would be a dream come true.. JJ, Paul George, Granger, & to a lesser extent Gallo & Novak.. With a Collison, George Hill, Calderon at backup PG. We can bring in another body at PF if needed, even if it's just adding K-Mart. But I trust Jamison/Hill to not be liabilities when they're on the floor. I could see both guys really stepping up with Pau gone.
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Postby FabFourLakers on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:26 am

Pietrus? Yes please. And we have 1.6M left on the Mini MLE. i hope we don't cut DJO though. He is gonna be one of those guys that will end up on another team 2 yrs from now and kill it.

but seriously...Pietrus. Yes Please.
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Postby tigerjeterkobe on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:45 am

I don't know about DJO. He is more of a Brown type of guy -- defense and energy. With MDA, I would rather have Glock back behind meeks. I know they are both small for the 2 spot -- but they are specialists (Meeks and Glock). Their roles would be the same -- space for Dwight, Jamison, Gasol, Nash, and Kobe when he is at the 3.

I would love for MDA to make Blake look real good for a few games then we trade him to the Bucks or Wiz for a back up 3.

Sacre is not an NBA player. I will keep saying it. Would rather have Okur for the minimum for the few games we will need our third center.
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Postby Doc Brown on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:49 am

Okur retired.
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Postby Rooscooter on Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:38 am

Doc Brown wrote:Okur retired.


Yeah.... technically he retired about 3 weeks ago..... his game retired 3 years ago....
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Postby tigerjeterkobe on Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:06 am

yeah. so. Rasheed retired too. Just need a big body for a few minutes a game. And a guy who is capable of hitting a 3 here and there.

Anyway -- that was a small point about Sacre. he is just wasted space.

Imagine Ariza back (he is miserable and will want out after a few more losses, so by Dec. 15 he may be available for Blake and Ebanks -- wishful thinking I know).
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Postby GoldenKnight on Sun Nov 25, 2012 4:56 pm

DJO to D-league, hmmmm.....
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Postby Doc Brown on Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:37 pm

Blake is probably coming back. Hopefully to fill the roll of DJO and riding pine because he in no way has earned or deserves minutes over Morris/Duhon. Both our PG's have been progressively getting better, no need to disrupt that.
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