Phoenix agrees to terms with free agent Bell
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns have reportedly agreed to
terms with free agent guard Raja Bell.
According to The Arizona Republic, Bell will sign a five-year deal worth about
$5 million per season. However, the contract will not be official until July
22, the first day free agents can sign.
The 28-year-old Bell, who had spent the past two seasons with Utah, will
likely be used off the bench with the Suns. Bell, who specializes on defense,
especially on the perimeter, was needed after the team recently traded Quentin
Richardson to the Knicks.
“With the way they play, I’m not really concerned with it,” Bell said. “If
they deem me a guy off the bench, I’m gung-ho. Let’s go get a ring.”
Last year, Bell averaged a career-high 12.3 points and 3.2 rebounds while
playing in 63 games. In his five-year career, which also includes stints with
Philadelphia and Dallas, Bell has posted 7.3 points and 2.3 boards per outing.
Bell knows his role in Phoenix will be to provide a strong presence to a team
that struggled mightily on defense last year.
“I’m defensive-minded,” Bell said. “Things will fall in place for me
offensively on a team like (Phoenix), because there’s too many opportunities
on the court. I’m going to focus on bringing the defense.”