NBA Trade Rumors: Teams Raja Bell Would Be an Asset To

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 31, 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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Raja Bell is 36 years old, but he could still be of value to the right contender. Per Shams Charania of Real GM, the Utah Jazz are looking to move the veteran guard.

Bell is known for his relentless defensive approach and his ability to make spot-up three-point shots. Both of those assets could be beneficial to a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Sure, the Thunder just picked up Kevin Martin and rookie guard Jeremy Lamb in the James Harden trade, but adding Bell's toughness as a veteran presence would be nice. I know Bell was originally unhappy with his playing time behind the youth movement in Utah, per the Salt Lake Tribune, but this is a bit different.

The Thunder are legitimate contenders. Realistically, this is the best type of situation for Bell. The Thunder could use someone that defends close to the way Thabo Sefolosha can, but isn't a complete offensive liability.

Bell could be somewhat of a hybrid between Sefolosha and Martin. He'd add nice depth and experience for the Thunder in the postseason.

Per Charania, the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers have always held an interest in Bell.

It's hard to see where he'd fit with the Lakers now behind Kobe Bryant and Jodie Meeks, but the Miami Heat would certainly seem like a solid landing spot.

LeBron James' versatility would allow the Heat to play a lineup of James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Bell and Mario Chalmers or Norris Cole at times. The NBA MVP can play four positions, so it allows Miami to play small in a lot of situations.

Bell even indicated to Pro Basketball Talk that he would play for the Heat, if he were bought out by the Jazz back in September.

If a team is to make a strong push for Bell's services, it seems reasonable to make a move sooner rather than later. Even though Bell is a 12-year veteran, teams should be looking to establish chemistry early in the season.

Stay tuned as we wait to see where, when, or if Bell will be traded.


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