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Lakers pass on Raja Bell

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05:07 PM ET 03.05 | Mike D'Antoni reportedly tried to talk Lakers management into making a run at Jazz guard Raja Bell before March 1, the last day a waived player could sign with another team and be playoff-eligible. Bell, whose played for six teams in 12 years in the NBA, has not played in a game with Utah all season and was in talks for a buyout that would allow him to change teams. D'Antoni has a strong relationship with Bell dating back to their days in Phoenix, where his perimeter defense was a crucial ingredient to the Suns success. However, the L.A. front office did not think the 36-year old Bell had enough left to be worth the additional luxury tax penalties. As a result, with no other teams interested in Bell, he passed on the buyout offer from the Jazz. It remains to be seen whether he'll play in the NBA again.

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March 5, 2013  06:55 PM ET
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They should have an injury exception so why couldn't they sign him for the veteran's minimum?

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March 5, 2013  09:14 PM ET

Whose played? Nice.

March 5, 2013  09:23 PM ET

I have a feeling that Kobe had the final word on the decision.

March 5, 2013  11:55 PM ET

Kobe, Nash and D'antoni all are fans of him, they wanted Bell on the team. Apparently management disagreed. Personally I don't believe he has much of anything left to offer either.

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March 10, 2013  11:11 AM ET

The Lakers have enough old guys already!

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