When problems surfaced with veteran guard Raja Bell in March, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor responded to a question about the Jazz's buying out the remainder of Bell's contract by basically asking, "When have the Jazz ever done that?"

Well, they're doing it, as Bell told The Tribune's Brian T. Smith, and it is a healthy move for everybody. While it may have been possible to package Bell in a trade at some point, the best solution is to allow him to find another team and not have this situation linger through the summer.

Yet even if it is easy to write off Bell and view him as the one to blame, there's a lesson in all of this for coach Tyrone Corbin. Part of his development as a head coach is learning not to let issues fester, and to communicate better. Bell was not the only one saying so in May, after the Jazz quickly exited the playoffs.

"At times, he could be more open with players, kind of explaining what he's thinking and why he's trying certain things," point guard Devin Harris said.