NBA Roundtable

Raja Bell’s Preferred Options

In Free Agency on July 7, 2010 at 4:36 pm

ESPN reports

The Mavs are one of them, Bell said during Tuesday’s appearance on Galloway & Company. The feeling is mutual.

“Dallas is definitely in the top three for me,” said Bell, who mentioned that Miami and Orlando are also among his preferred destinations due to having so much family in Florida.

Bell, who turns 34 in September, has fond memories of spending the 2002-03 season with the Mavs. He said he and his wife enjoyed the city, and he has a lot of respect for the way Mark Cuban runs the franchise. He also wants to play for a winner after not participating in the last two postseasons.

The Lakers connection

NBA front-office sources told’s Marc Stein that Bell has been contacted by several other contending teams, including Boston, San Antonio and Portland. He has also been personally lobbied by longtime former nemesis Kobe Bryant, who reached out to Bell recently urging him to join forces with Bryant with the Lakers.

But sources say L.A.’s recent agreement to sign guard Steve Blake as well as its intention to re-sign perennial playoff stalwart Derek Fisher leaves Bryant’s team with little spending money to compete with so many suitors.

Bell continues

“Where I’m at now, it’s not so much whether I start or not,” Bell said. “I’ve had that conversation with myself and with my wife. Sometimes that means more to your family and your friends than it does to you. It’s not about starting necessarily. It’s about being able to contribute and being a piece of the puzzle that they need.”

Who couldn’t use a career .411 3-point shooter who prides himself on playing lockdown D?

“The good thing about what I do, I think, is that there are not a whole lot of guys who do it,” Bell said. “I can always hang my hat on if there are 100 shooters on the team, I can be the one shooter who will go out there and just try to die to keep my man from getting a bucket.”

I’m hoping Bell goes to the Lakers. He’d be a great fit off the bench for that squad. Provide some much needed reliability and defensive impact off the bench for that second unit.

  1. The Lakers or the Heat would be good fits for Raja Bell. He is in a win-win situation.

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