After the Jazz fell to Philadelphia on Friday, starting shooting guard Raja Bell was still with the team. But by the time Utah arrived at the United Center on Saturday for a game against the Bulls, he was absent.

The Jazz announced at 1:30 p.m. MT Saturday that Bell would be inactive due to an internal matter.

When a player leaves a team for personal reasons, their absence is normally classified as such. Thus, questions quickly arose about Bell's sudden and unexplained departure.

Messages left for Bell's agent, Herb Rudoy, and Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor were not immediately returned.

Utah's Al Jefferson and Earl Watson said, to the best of their knowledge, Bell is dealing with a personal matter and nothing abnormal happened after Utah fell to the 76ers.

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin became confrontational when asked about Bell's absence, declining to officially comment and eventually refusing to answer questions about his player.

"He's not with us. Internal matters, that's all I want to say about it," said Corbin, prior to tipoff against the Bulls.

Corbin hoped Bell would rejoin Utah on Monday for a home game against Detroit. But he wasn't certain, and wouldn't specify a timeline for a resolution to the situation.