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Caught in the Web: Lakers pursuing Raja Bell

July 14, 2010 |  8:32 am

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-- The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports that free-agent guard Raja Bell will decide sometime next week whether he will play with the Lakers.

-- The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding asks readers whether Derek Fisher or Steve Blake will prove more valuable to the Lakers next season.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin predicts that Bryant will be very persuasive during his meeting with Bell.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper says the Lakers have gotten better this off-season.

-- The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde writes that the Lakers are pursuing Bell because of the Heat's size on the perimeter.

-- ESPN Los Angeles Brian Kamenetzky talks to Byron Scott about coaching Cleveland without LeBron James, Derek Fisher staying with the Lakers and the Showtime Era.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Trey Kerby highlights the various teams taking a look at Adam Morrison.

-- The Associated Press' Tim Reynolds highlights Dwyane Wade's belief that the Lakers are favored to win the 2011 NBA title.

-- Fox Sports' Charley Rosen predicts that Blake will have a significant impact on the Lakers.

-- Dime Magazine talks to former Laker Trevor Ariza in the video below about his off-season workouts.

-- The Daily News' Elliott Teaford predicts that Shannon Brown will no longer be with the Lakers if Bell joins the team.

-- Lakers.com's Mike Trudell explains that the team's main goal in summer league entails making sure that players know the triangle offense.

-- The Miami Herald's Michael Wallace reports that Scott remains on good terms with Pat Riley, the Heat president and former Lakers coach, despite the team recently acquiring James.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius looks at what's next on the Lakers' off-season itinerary.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore writes on SB Nation about how James' move to Miami will affect the Lakers.

Tweet of the Day: "Rick Fox just compared Derrick Caracter to Trevor Ariza on NBA TV. Whoops." -- mcten (ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin)

Reader Comment of the Day: "I’m not sure I approve of how Kobe researches free agent talent. First Ron Artest and now Raja Bell, two guys that he has had altercations with in the past. I’m afraid next year someone might decide they would like to impress Kobe and play with the Lakers, and they’ll just hit him over the head with a two by four." -- phred

-- Mark Medina
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E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell have a contentious history together, but that won't stop Bryant from visiting Bell on Wednesday in an effort to persuade him to join the Lakers. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times


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