Raja Bell will not be bought out by the Utah Jazz.
The buyout talks between Raja Bell and the Jazz are expected to go right up to Friday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, reports ESPN's Marc Stein.
Jazz VP Kevin O'Connor said he might not buy out Raja Bell in order to prevent the defensive stopper from signing with the Lakers.
Raja Bell is reportedly telling friends that he's going to join the Lakers, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.
The Jazz and Raja Bell are reportedly close to agreeing on a contract buyout.
If Raja Bell is bought out of his contract, the Lakers are expected to pursue him as a free agent.
Raja Bell will "probably not" be traded from the Jazz, according to his agent.
Mike D'Antoni is reportedly "intrigued" by the idea of bring Raja Bell to the Lakers.
Raja Bell, who is still away from the team, is hoping for a resolution soon.
The Lakers have "pushed back" their pursuit of Raja Bell, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.
Raja Bell's agent is working on a buyout for his client, and the Lakers remain interested in signing Bell, sources tell CBS Sports.
The Lakers are showing "renewed interest" in trading for Raja Bell, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.
Raja Bell and the Jazz are "working toward parting ways."
Raja Bell's agent disputed a report that stated the Jazz were working to trade his client.