Raja Bell: What Should the Utah Jazz Do with the Veteran Guard?

Joye PruittSenior Analyst IMay 8, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08:  Raja Bell arrives for a National Basketball Players Association meeting to discuss the NBA Lockout at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers on November 8, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz are in no position to point fingers as far as their first-round sweep at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs is concerned. That didn't stop guard Raja Bell from voicing him opinion on head coach Tyrone Corbin and cleaning out his locker Tuesday, as reported by ESPN.

"I think everyone understands the situation we're in now," Bell said. "When it gets to a point where there's absolutely no communication for months on end, we all know that that's irreparable damage."

Bell opened the year as Utah's starting shooting guard but saw his playing time diminish. In March, he was sent home from a road trip after a verbal spat with Corbin.

Needless to say, it would be far more ceremonious of the Jazz to simply part ways with the disgruntled guard than to spin him for another season that will most likely cast his shadow on the bench.

Utah doesn't need that kind of relationship during a season that could possibly see their return to the 2013 NBA playoffs after being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round this year.

However, Utah management should look into Bell’s claims, as Corbin’s time with the Jazz has been confusing to say the least. C.J. Miles echoed the tamest of Bell’s concerns, therefore leading belief in the general direction that Bell may not be taking shots in the dark with his problems with Utah’s head coach.

The questions surrounding Corbin's ability to coach in Utah stems from his use of the younger players in the franchise and not making better use of his veterans.

Bell—who has been a dignified staple and ferocious competitor for Utah in the past two seasons—has seen his minutes diminish significantly under Corbin’s reign.

Maybe it's time for Bell to go, but there are questions surrounding the Utah franchise that need to be answered before the start of next season.