Yesterday, we reported that Raja Bell is telling his friends and players around the league that he’s going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Mike D’Antoni wants it, Steve Nash probably wants it – as does Kobe. But do the Lakers?
Bell still isn’t yet a free agent, though Marc Stein reports that he and the Jazz will work up until tomorrow’s playoff-eligible-players’ buyout deadline to try and sort something out. However, due to the Lakers’ high $100 million payroll this season, they might just pass on Kobe’s former foe if he becomes available:
Of course, the Lakers will always spend if it makes sense, but would Bell really help this team? At 36-years-old, he’s shown a decline in his play in recent years. The Lakers would probably find more success running the forgotten man Devin Ebanks at the back-up small forward position, or signing a big man.
Then again, Pau Gasol is making progress in his recovery, so maybe they won’t sign any free agents at all.
As usual, we’ll have to just wait and see what happens…