NBA Free Agency Rumor: Raja Bell Rejects L.A. Lakers' Offer

John HaverfordContributor IJuly 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball against Raja Bell #10 of the Phoenix Suns on January 17, 2008 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The Suns won 106-98.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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.

Raja Bell has indicated to the Laker front office that he intends to sign with the Miami Heat or Orlando Magic.

With Bell no longer an option, the Lakers will turn to other available free agent guards.

 

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