A well-known figure, Raja Bell is a retired professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Philadelphia 76ers and Dallas Mavericks. He also played for Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, and Golden State Warriors. Bell retired from NBA on 13th February 2014. He was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team twice.
Early Life and Education
Raja Bell was born on 19th September 1976 in Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. He grew up in Miami, Florida area. Bell was a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team and moved to Miami in the eighth grade. He is a son of Roger Bell and Denise Bell.
He went undrafted in the 1999 NBA Draft after playing two seasons at Florida International following a two-year stint at Boston University.
He grew up with five siblings, Brooklyn Bell, Tyler Bell, Destiny Bell, Jack Bell, and Tombi Bell. His brother Tombi Bell is a former coach of the Miami Hurricanes women's basketball team and former WNBA player out of the University of Florida
Philadelphia 76ers (2001–2002)
Raja Bell released and signed with the Philadelphia 76ers on 16th April 2001.
Dallas Mavericks (2002–2003)
On 1st October 2002, he signed as a free agent with the Dallas Mavericks, averaged 3.1 points in 15.6 minutes per game.
Utah Jazz (2003–2005)
On 26th September 2003, Bell signed with the Utah Jazz.
Phoenix Suns (2005–2008)
On 3rd August 2005, he signed with the Phoenix Suns. He started 79 games and finished the 2005–06 season averaging 14.7 points per game in 37.5 minutes per game.Bell was suspended for one game without pay by the NBA for kicking Toronto's Andrea Bargnani.
Charlotte Bobcats (2008–2009)
On 10th December 2008, Bell was brought to the Charlotte Bobcats along with Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary. The pair was exchanged for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley.
Golden State Warriors (2009–2010)
On 16th November 2009, he transferred to the Golden State Warriors along with Vladimir Radmanovic in exchange for Stephen Jackson and Acie Law. Bell was released from the team on 22nd March 22, 2010.
Return to Utah (2010–2013)
On 14th July 2010, Bell signed a three-year, $10 million contract to return to the Utah Jazz.
On 13th February 2014, he announced his retirement from basketball.
On 1st October 2014, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced the hiring of Bell as the team's Director of Player Administration and also won an NBA Championship with the Cavs in 2016.
Raja Bell married Cindy Green in July 2004. The couple met in college at Florida International University.
They have two sons, Tai Brooklyn Bell born on 8th November 2008, and Dia Bell born on 2nd May 2007.
The lovebirds are living a lavish and happy life with their two sons.
Bell's salary was estimated to be around 3.24 million USD in 2012. After return to Utah(2010-2013) on 14th July 2010, Bell signed a three years contract at an amount of $10 million which contributed a lot to increase his worth. It can be assumed that he has seven-figure net worth.