Sources: D’Antoni Pushing Lakers To Sign Raja Bell
First and foremost, the Lakers need defensive help on the wing and they need to strengthen their bench. For those reasons, league sources say D’Antoni is using whatever organizational capital he has to push for the signing of Raja Bell, whose agent, Herb Rudoy, is in the midst of buyout negotiations with the Jazz. Bell would immediately slow the wing penetration that is collapsing the Lakers’ defense and exposing their rotational deficiencies on the back side. He’s also a career 41 percent 3-point shooter who made a league-high 205 3-pointers in 2006-07 under D’Antoni in Phoenix. And Kobe wants him, so there’s that.