So much for mending fences.
Bell, 34, was supposed to meet with longtime adversary Kobe Bryant on Wednesday, but opted instead for a three-year contract worth a reported $10 million from the Jazz.
The most the Lakers could have offered was $1.77 million next season, the remaining amount of their mid-level exception.
The Lakers currently have nine players on their roster, not including two second-round picks who have played well on their summer-league team in Las Vegas — forwards Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks.
Bryant and Bell feuded a few years ago, with Bryant even saying he had "bigger fish to fry" than Bell after a feisty encounter in a 2006 game. But Bryant became an advocate for Bell in recent weeks, thinking his toughness and defense would help the Lakers' reserve unit.
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