Raja Bell Signs Three Year Deal With Jazz

Alex BrooksCorrespondent IJuly 15, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 07: Raja Bell #19 of the Charlotte Bobcats shoots the ball against the New York Knicks on March 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 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 Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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ESPN has confirmed that free agent Raja Bell has signed a three year deal with the Utah Jazz at around $10 million. Bell is an excellent addition for Utah and completely replaces Kyle Korver's Three Point Ability completely. 

The Jazz have now seemingly replaced their losses of Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver and came out looking even better. Bell is older then Korver, but the acquisition of Al Jefferson dropped three years off the power forward position. 

Al Jefferson is very interesting in the low post for Utah and I think that Bell could propel them back to the playoffs. The Boozer and Korver connection went to Chicago together and the Jazz handled the situation perfectly. Hats off to Kevin O'Connor and the Jazz front office for not panicking and taking the first free agent to float by the door. 

Bell was supposed to meet with ex-rival Kobe Bryant, but it all broke down when Utah swooped through with a more enticing offer. Money seemed to be the deciding factor for Bell who is nearing the end of his career. 

Unfortunately with the arrival of Bell, the departure of Wesley Matthews to the Trail Blazers was imminent and the Jazz lost out on a young shooting guard with some serious upside. But, Bell should prove to be sufficient enough until the end of his career which is likely when his contract expires.