Why Raja Bell Would Be Perfect Addition to Answer Lakers’ Bench Woes

One team's outcast is another team's ticket to dominance.

At least, that's what Mike D'Antoni and the Los Angeles Lakers believe.

Though Los Angeles has been anything but the eyesore under D'Antoni that it was under Mike Brown, there is still work to be done. I'm not just talking about Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard taking their production up a notch, either. 

I'm talking about the Lakers' bench, the same underwhelming attack that is putting up just 13.4 points per night, the second-worst posting in the NBA. And while I'm at it, I'm also referring to Los Angeles' lack of shooters. Kobe Bryant and Metta World Piece have really amped up their outside accuracy, but a D'Antoni-coached team needs more firepower. Much more.

Is that the Utah Jazz's phone we hear ringing? Why yes, I believe it is.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Los Angeles is interested in acquiring the ever-available Raja Bell from Utah:

With the hiring of Mike D'Antoni as coach, the Los Angeles Lakers are showing a renewed interest in acquiring exiled Utah Jazz guard Raja Bell, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Bell, 36, has had strong advocates with general manager Mitch Kupchak and Kobe Bryant since the summer, but D'Antoni's history coaching Bell with the Phoenix Suns has amplified discussion of signing the veteran guard should the Lakers create an opening on their roster.

Can we really blame D'Antoni and the Lakers?

Of course not. I'd actually hold it against them if they weren't interested in bringing Bell into the fold. And while Wojnarowski goes onto note the Los Angeles would have to create an opening by releasing a player or trading one, and then wait for Bell to execute a buy-out with the Jazz, the complexity of situation is no reason for the Lakers to be discouraged.

Because this pairing makes more than just sense—it's perfe...

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