Miami Heat News: Why Heat Should Pass Up on Raja Bell

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Miami Heat News: Why Heat Should Pass Up on Raja Bell
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These days, it seems like every aging NBA veteran wants to hop on the Miami Heat bandwagon in hopes of getting an easy title ring.

From Rashard Lewis to Ray Allen, once-prominent players in the latter stages of their careers have shown a willingness to take less money join the Heat, and now you can add one more name to that list.

Recently, NBC Sports reported that Utah's Raja Bell has an interest in taking his talents to South Beach.

It’d be great for me to get a chance to play here in Miami where I grew up, and I know a lot of people and be a part of this history that they’re going to make for the city. But that’s not always just up to me.

Unfortunately for Bell and the Jazz, this is not a move the Heat should even consider.

While still on Utah's roster with a year left on his contract at $3.5 million, according to USA Today, the Jazz would rather the 36-year-old stay away from the team, and are in the process of negotiating a buyout.

Though Bell was a serviceable perimeter player and great defender in his prime, he wouldn't address any of the Heat's current needs, and given the feuds between Bell and the Jazz's coaching staff, he's not worth the risk for Miami.

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The Heat have a great balance of stars and valuable veteran role players, and while it's unlikely that the addition of Bell would disrupt the Heat's chemistry, he wouldn't serve a purpose in Miami's lineup.

Bell can still play, as evidenced by the fact that he started 33 of the 34 games he played in last season, but one has to wonder if he'd be willing to play sparingly on a deep Miami Heat team.

In all likelihood, he'll fit in nicely with another contender, but it won't be the Heat.

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