*Raja Bell didn’t make his face-to-face meeting with longtime foe Kobe Bryant after all.
It seems that Bell and the Utah Jazz have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million, prompting Bell to cancel his sit-down in LA with Bryant that had been scheduled for Wednesday night.
Sources say that Bell also received a two-year offer from Chicago on Wednesday worth in excess of $8 million, but the second year of that deal was incentive-based depending on Bell’s ability to appear in at least 60 games.
But Bell snapped up Utah’s offer, despite the heavy interest from Chicago and all the lobbying he received from Bryant in the form of phone and text messages.
Sources said his familiarity with Utah and comfort level playing for Jerry Sloan — who gave Bell his first prominent role in the NBA during a two-season stint from 2003 to ’05 — were the clinchers.
Read more of this ESPN article HERE.