MIAMI Could Raja Bell be returning to his hometown to play for the Heat?
The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday night the guard has gotten permission to be bought out of his contract by Utah. Bell acknowledged to the paper that Miami, Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers are among teams that intrigue him.
Bell played at Miamis Killian High School and at Florida International. As of early Monday afternoon, Bells agent, Herb Rudoy, said he had not had any contact with the Heat and didnt want to speculate on Bells chances of ending up with Miami.
I have been given permission to seek a trade (for Bell) or to reach a buyout, Rudoy said. (Jazz general manager) Kevin OConnor has given me that permission. There will be plenty of teams interested.
With the Jazz apparently not wanting to take back salary, Rudoy said any trade likely would have to be to a team that has the cap room to absorb Bells contract, which is 3.4 million next season in its final year.
Considering Bell's salary and age...