The Lakers have been linked to Raja Bell since before he signed with the Utah Jazz in 2010. Kobe Bryant tried to recruit Bell for the Lakers but the Jazz offered him a lucrative contract.
Bell's relationship with Utah soured after two seasons. Now, in the final year of his deal, Bell has spent the entire season away from the team after both sides agreed to part ways. He's still under contract with the Jazz but has been inactive.
Jazz Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor spoke on 1280-AM "The Zone" about Bell on Monday.
"We'll be willing to look at a buyout. We're not just going to let him walk away. We're paying him money," said O'Connor, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy recently reported that Bell "has been telling players and friends around the league that he'll join the Lakers."
O'Connor isn't so sure -- unless Bell is willing to take a sizable buyout.
"He can't get all the money from us and then go make more with the...