The Lakers will not sign Raja Bell, according to an top-ranked official within the Lakers' front office.
Despite being endorsed by Kobe Bryant, the journeyman guard has rejected the Lakers' multi-year contract offer of $1.8 million per year.
After missing most of the 2009-2010 NBA season with a wrist injury, Raja Bell has made a full recovery and is ready to play in the upcoming season.
Bell is viewed as a tough, veteran roleplayer among league executives, many of whom respect the swingman's tough defense and sharp accuracy from the perimeter.
With Bell no longer an option, the Lakers will turn to other available free agent guards.