The Utah Jazz will open training camp Tuesday with 19 players on their roster, including disgruntled guard Raja Bell, though the team and his agent have mutually agreed the 35-year-old should not attend. The team is allotted 20 spots for camp but must trim its roster to 15 before the regular season starts.Bell is taking up one of those spots. He is scheduled to make $3.5 million in the final year of his contract but has publicly feuded with coach Tyrone Corbin and indicated the relationship had suffered "irreparable damage."
Bell averaged 6.4 points in 34 games last season for the Jazz. He started 33 of those games but had his minutes decreased by Corbin, from 30.8 a game in 2010-11 to 23.4 last year.
He joined the team for the second time as a free agent in 2010. Bell's hallmarks are his three-point shooting and aggressive defense, and he is best remembered for clotheslining Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in a 2006 playoff game.
Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said Friday that the two sides agreed it was in their best interests Bell not rejoin the team.
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