Yes, you read that headline correctly: Bell and Howard, who haven’t played since mid-March, may be suited up and ready to go tomorrow night against the Phoenix Suns, according to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Steve Luhm.
This news comes as a mixed-bag, in my opinion. Bell and Howard didn’t exactly light up the arena when they stepped on the court this season (with the former allegedly going at it with Coach Corbin at times). Since their departure, the Jazz have turned to a younger lineup featuring the likes of DeMarre Carroll, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks in the wing/shooting guard positions. I’m not worried about team chemistry per se, and while Bell and Howard’s presence gives Utah a much deeper bench, I worry that putting them up against a run n’ gun Phoenix-style offense would disrupt Utah’s defensive flow (“Get him Bell!” “I can’t, I’m too damn tired!”).
The two will most likely receive limited (if any) minutes during such a monumental game, so my worries aren’t that great. Except by now Corbin has a nice first and second unit he can rely on to produce down the stretch. We don’t need anything hampering his mojo.