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NBA: Raja Bell refusing Utah Jazz's buyout, source says

Published July 31, 2012 11:18 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The Raja Bell saga goes on.

The Salt Lake Tribune learned Monday that Bell has not accepted a buyout with the Jazz, despite the veteran guard saying July 8 a verbal agreement had been reached between the sides and only formalities remained.

"We've been given the greenlight by Utah to go ahead and find something that works for us. We've agreed to the terms," Bell said in July. "So I think it's safe to say now we are in the market again and we're entertaining our options at this point."

Jazz General Manager Kevin O'Connor would not discuss Bell's buyout when recently asked about the situation during Summer League in Orlando, Fla. But a league source confirmed Monday the Jazz have officially offered Bell a buyout. He has refused to accept the deal, though, delaying an already long-delayed process.

Messages left Monday for Bell and his agent, Herb Rudoy, weren't immediately returned.

The Jazz haven't released their official 2012-13 preseason schedule yet. Portland, the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers have unveiled their schedules, though, and Utah will play all three teams twice.

Jazz's 2012-13 preseason schedule*

Oct. 13 - Jazz at Lakers

Oct. 16 - Jazz at Lakers (Anaheim, Calif.)

Oct. 17 - Jazz at Clippers

Oct. 20 - Clippers vs. Jazz

Oct. 22 - Jazz at Blazers

Oct. 25 - Blazers vs. Jazz

*not official —

Jazz's 2012-13 preseason schedule*

Oct. 13 • Jazz at Lakers

Oct. 16 • Jazz at Lakers (Anaheim, Calif.)

Oct. 17 • Jazz at Clippers

Oct. 20 • Clippers vs. Jazz

Oct. 22 • Jazz at Blazers

Oct. 25 • Blazes vs. Jazz

*not official.